Fallen tree takes down power lines in Mount Vernon

A downed tree knocked out power to a Mount Vernon neighborhood overnight.
Police say heavy winds toppled the tree across West 4th Street.
In addition to blocking the entire street, the tree took down power lines. The neighborhood is one of the most densely populated areas in the city with three major housing communities.
More than 1,600 customers originally lost power, but that number is now down to around 600.
It will take some time for the remaining homes to get electricity back on because crews will have to remove the tree before ConEd workers can repair the remaining lines.
West 4th street is closed between 5th and 6th avenues, and police are asking motorists to avoid the area.
Crews say it’s going to take several hours to clear the tree. They're estimating power to be restored sometime later this afternoon.