‘Sound was like an atomic bomb’: Fierce winds lash Rockland County

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High winds impacted dozens of neighborhoods across Rockland County today.

A tree knocked down lines on Piermont Avenue in Nyack this morning. "The winds were whipping up and the tree came down about 2:45 in the morning and the sound was like an atomic bomb," says Sherwood Martinelli, of Nyack.

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Crews were working before the sun came up to repair the lines. Tree crews had to first remove the debris before utility crews could repair the lines. 

Ramapo police also had a busy morning responding to several wind-related issues, including a downed tree on Montebello Road. The town's highway department has since cleared the tree, plus various branches and a streetlight that came down on Bluefield Drive. The department says a representative from O&R Utilities was at police headquarters today to help address outages.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties until 6 p.m.

Hundreds of homes lost power as wind gusts hit up to 60 mph. 

Officials at Orange and Rockland Utilities say they brought in 50 additional line tech crews to help respond to outages and service issues.

 

 

 

 

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