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Violent Storm Brings Fire, Flooding, Down Trees And Wires

Upper Nyack home heavily damaged, tree falls on car on NYS Thruway.

UPDATE: At 10:30 p.m. there are 431 O&R customers without power in Rockland County.

The violent storm that swept into Rockland County this afternoon brought with it fierce rain and winds that have created flooding conditions, brought down trees and wires and a possible lightning strike led to a fire that heavily damaged an Upper Nyack Home.

Traffic on the New York State Thruway is extremely heavy in both directions, and two lanes of the road were shut for a large tree that fell on a car on the Thruway.

- A large tree fells across Route 9W at Christian Herald Road in Upper Nyack, hitting a car. The occupant were uninjured an able to get out on their own.

- A fire on Route 9W in Upper Grandview has led police to shut Route 9W in the area.

- A portion of roadway on Route 9W in South Nyack has buckled.

- Route 303 at Mountainview Avenue in Orangeburg is flooded.

- Flooding has also been reported in part of New City.

- A section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway in New City was closed northbound because of an accident.

- Piermont firefighters responded to an emergency call of a boat in distress on the Hudson River.

- Firefighters in Valley Cottage assisted the owner of a car that was caught in flood waters in a shopping center on Route 303 in Valley Cottage.

The Orange and Rockland Utilities Storm Center reports 554 customers in Rockland County are without power as of 5:30 p.m. More than 200 customers are without power in Clarkstown, about 100 in Nyack and about 100 in Orangetown.

allan erps May 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Was in Blauvelt off Moison Rd showing houses(Realtor®). Was also a letter carrier in Nanuet for 31 years. We could not get out of our cars for 30 minutes. Having seen alot of damage in my time this certainly ranks in the top 5! 15 SOLID minutes of Hail +torrential Wind & Rain. Flooded areas & limbs of trees were incredible. Was very happy we all got home safe to Nanuet!
RUTH HESS May 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thanks to New City Patch for the expeditious manner in which we receive news.
Maria Daggett May 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Lowland Drive in South Nyack - tree took down electric wires. All the wires are live and it took out the power at the house (my parents house). O and R came by, did nothing. Village of SN came by, cut up tree and put safety cones around but as of Sunday at 5 PM, still no power to the house and the wires are STILL on the ground. Very unsafe situation!
INTHEKNOW June 01, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I would not bet my life on it.. but if the village was able to cut up the tree.. then those wires are not live. The DPW has to wait for the power to be turned off before they can touch a tree with wires in it. This is a main reason roads stay closed longer than the public thinks they should.. as local highway crews have to wait for ORU to take care of the wires first. ORU crews are aces.. and work as fast as they can, but in a storm, they are taxed to the limit.. of course, when you don't have power.. its hard to remember that.
Mary Anne Mackey-Wisor November 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Was there damage at Nyack College

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