About 4,300 still without power after Hudson Valley storms

Algie Bryant of White Plains sweeps up tree Algie Bryant of White Plains sweeps up tree debris after three parked Royal Coach school buses for Yonkers schools were hit during the storm at the lot at 1010 Nepperhan Ave. in Yonkers. Heavy winds and rain affected most of the region overnight. (Sept. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

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About 4,300 Hudson Valley residents were still without power Wednesday evening after heavy rains and blustery winds swept through the region Tuesday, flooding roadways and tearing off tree limbs.

Schools forced to close because of the storm will reopen Thursday.

The Putnam Valley School District closed its schools Wednesday because of downed trees and power outages at its middle and high schools, the district's website announced. Power outages also forced officials to close the Harvey School in Katonah.

High winds tore tree limbs and uprooted entire trees, which in turn fell on utility lines and caused many of the outages. Police and sheriff's deputies in Rockland, East Fishkill, Yonkers, the Town of Poughkeepsie and elsewhere reported downed wires and trees.

Downed wires forced the closure of part of Hillside Avenue in the Town of Greenburgh, said Victor Carosi, commissioner of Public Works, in an email.

By Wednesday night, local utilities reported 4,342 outages in the Hudson Valley area, down from 20,000 that lost power in the storm's wake, including homes and businesses in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Ulster counties. The majority of remaining outages were in Dutchess County, which had 1,952 customers without electricity.

The utility company had restored power to thousands by Wednesday night and said crews would continue to work overnight but that the last few pockets of outages would take until Thursday night to bring back online, according to Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian. Repair crews were forced to clear roads, trim trees and repair utility poles in the worst-hit areas, Maserjian said.

About 1,400 homes and businesses remained without power in Westchester County as of 5 p.m., according to data from NYSEG and Con Edison.

Ulster and Putnam counties had fewer than 500 outages each, while Orange & Rockland Utilities reported fewer than 100 outages remaining by evening.

Among the remaining outage hot spots were the villages of Ardsley and Ossining and the towns of Cortlandt, New Castle, North Castle, New Rochelle and Ossining.

"Westchester got walloped," Olert said.

By contrast, only 1,360 Con Ed customers in New York City lost power during the storms and service has been resumed to nearly all. The utility hopes to restore power to all Westchester County customers by Wednesday night, Olert said.

Despite a regional tornado advisory issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday, no twisters touched down.

The storm wreaked havoc for commuters who skirted debris and road closures as they returned to work.

After a stormy night, blue skies greeted Hudson Valley residents Wednesday. Thursday's high is expected to reach 71, with mostly sunny skies.

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