Utility crews race to restore power

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The recovery efforts from Tuesday's storm were in full swing Wednesday in Rockland County as hundreds of homes remained in the dark, with trees down and roads closed.

Residents told News 12 they were just trying to recover from the fast and furious storm.

"You can always tell when a tree is going to go. I heard cracking all over the place. I had a few branches down here, but not like the one up the block. The tree just fell. I heard the electric wires go—pop, pop, pop. And I could see flames, even from all the way down here," said Larry Ciccone, of West Nyack.

In Rockland County, Orange & Rockland utility crews worked on Western Highway in Clarkstown trying to clear downed trees and wires so they could reopen the road and get the lights back on.

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Police say hundreds of homes in Clarkstown were still without power, with approximately a dozen roads closed due to downed wires and trees. Police say the outages also affected Clarkstown schools. Nyack High and Link and Strawtown elementary schools were all closed Wednesday because they didn’t have any electricity.

O&R estimated that power restoration should be completed by 12 a.m. Thursday.

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