Storm leaves trail of power outages, damage in Hudson Valley

Elida Arroyo of Tarrytown faces a downpour as

Elida Arroyo of Tarrytown faces a downpour as she waits for a bus home on South Highland Avenue at Rockledge Avenue in Ossining. A tornado watch and flash-flood warning is in effect for much of the metro area, with the worst of the weather expected to be over by Wednesday morning. (Sept. 18, 2012) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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Utility crews were expected to continue repair work Wednesday, returning electricity to tens of thousands of homes across the Hudson Valley after Tuesday's roiling storms and violent wind gusts.

The storm felled trees and power lines, delayed trains and closed roads as it raged intermittently Tuesday. By Wednesday, the storm had made its way east, leaving scattered tree limbs and flooded roads in its wake.

Late Tuesday, there were some 20,000 power outages in Westchester County, 17,300 in Dutchess, 9,200 in Ulster, 8,300 in Putnam and 4,400 in Orange and Rockland counties, according to aggregated totals from Con Edison, Central Hudson, Orange and Rockland Utility, and NYSEG.


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The inclement weather, gusting winds and progressively darker skies prompted baseball officials to cancel Tuesday night's Yankees and Mets games against the Blue Jays and Phillies, respectively. Both teams were scheduled for home games. The Mets and Phillies will make up the postponed game on Thursday evening, and the Yankees and Blue Jays will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

In Westchester County, most of the outages were reported along the Hudson River corridor, including Peekskill, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and Yonkers. Bronxville and Pelham were also hit hard by outages.

In Rockland County, the majority of outages were reported in the areas of New City, Congers and Pearl River. Power loss was more distributed in Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam counties.

By late Tuesday night, all local Metro-North lines -- including the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines -- reported delays. MTA crews were expected to work late into the night to clear the tracks for the morning's commute.

Car commuters had their own troubles -- the New York State Thruway Authority issued a high-wind warning and a 35 mph speed limit for the Tappan Zee Bridge, and some local routes were closed by toppled trees. Parkways -- including the Saw Mill River, Bronx River and Taconic -- and local routes were closed or had temporary lane closures thanks to dozens of downed trees and in some cases live wires.

A tornado watch, flash flood warnings and thunderstorm watch all had been canceled by late Tuesday night as the storm moved east and left the Hudson Valley.

Wednesday's forecast calls for cloud cover for most of the morning, thinning out for clear skies by midafternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will reach highs in the low 70s, according to the forecast.

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