Tornado tears apart Newburgh; residents come together

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NEWBURGH -

It could take days to fully restore power in Newburgh after a tornado slammed the city during Tuesday's powerful and deadly weather, the mayor says.

The EF-0 tornado, with estimated peak winds of 85 mph, left a path of destruction within minutes, according to the National Weather Service. 

MORE: 3 deaths in the Hudson Valley attributed to Tuesday's storm

With 80 percent of the city still without power, residents came together Wednesday to grill meat and share food.

It started with a single business owner, who brought a grill out to the street, and blossomed into a full-blown block party.

With many residents without power and few places to grab a bite to eat, community members shared hamburgers, hot dogs and even fish and tacos.

Around them were downed trees and power lines, darkened homes and intersections without working traffic lights. On Liberty Street, wind tore apart the roof of a building.

The mayor says he had never seen a tornado touch down in the area, but he thinks it brought out the best in the community.

Utility crews with Central Hudson Gas and Electricity were out in full force working to restore power.

The mayor says the goal is to turn on the lights for everyone by Saturday.

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