Thousands lose power as winds knock down power linesPosted: Updated:
High winds knocked down branches, trees and power lines all across the Hudson Valley Monday.
In Peekskill, the winds left more than 100 Con Edison customers in the dark.
The winds took down a huge pine tree on Union Avenue in Peekskill around 9 a.m., taking with it primary wires, including cable and telephone wires. About 15 homes in the area were without power and a section of Union Avenue and Bay Street was closed to traffic.
"I was just coming out the house to go to the store and all of a sudden I just heard the tree coming down," says Mark Danielleo, of Peekskill.
On Buena Vista Avenue, the gusty winds brought down another pine tree on power lines. Most houses in that neighborhood appeared to have power.
Peekskill fire officials say it's not unusual for the city to get wild wind weather.
"We got a couple of hurricanes go through here. One tornado came through several years back that took out a lot of trees. Unfortunately, it's not an uncommon occurrence." says Deputy Chief John Pappas, of the Peekskill Fire Dept.
Con Ed expected to have power restored to all families impacted by outages by 11 p.m.