Storm downs trees, knocks out power in Rockland County

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BEDFORD - A morning storm left many people in Rockland County without power.

The weather caused issues in Bedford, where West Patent Elementary School was forced to send its students home early. According to district officials, regular bus transportation was provided, but some parents picked up their children at noon. The school is expected to reopen on time on Monday.

The high winds brought down a tree along with power lines over West Patent Road.

Con Edison crews spent hours on the scene trying to cut the tree off the power lines and remove it from the middle of the road.

Officials did not give a time frame when power in the community would be back on.

The sudden storm was so strong that it also brought down a tree on some wires on Phillips Hill Road in New City. The incident is one of dozens that caused problems in Rockland and Orange counties.

On the roads, the rainy weather also caused headaches, sending an SUV into a guardrail near exit 15 on the southbound New York Thruway.

Some people told News 12 the winds were so gusty, they thought there might have been a tornado. Meteorologists say no twister ripped through the area. 

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