Pelham Bay village pummeled by storm
Residents of Pelham Bay spent Saturday morning picking up the pieces after Friday night?s storm swept through the village, leaving behind extensive damage caused by heavy rain, strong winds and powerful lightening.
The storm downed trees and power lines, and flooded basements in many homes, including that of Faith Howell.
?I don't know where to go from here,? says Howell, whose house was damaged by a storm only a year and a half before. ?I have not recovered.?
A lightning bolt brought four trees down in front of Pelham High School on Colonial Avenue, and gusts of wind uprooted a century-old tree that came to rest in the middle of Stella Avenue.
According to the National Weather Service, a tornado did not pass through the town Friday, but local residents say it felt like it, with the storm whipping up strong winds and dumping hail.
?It didn't hit anybody?s house, didn't kill anyone,? says Harvey Unger, of Pelham Bay. ?I call it a miracle.?
Many local homeowners plan to spend the rest of their weekend cleaning up and looking to their insurance companies and the village for help.
Elsewhere in the region, about 1,300 homes were left in the dark because of power outages, and dozens of roads were shut down in the course of the storm.
Since then, electricity was restored to all but 350 homes, but many roads remain closed.