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Storm Crashes Down on Brewster

Lightning and thunder hit suddenly.

[Updated, 9:10 p.m.] Brewster Hill Road is open, with a significant amount of debris on the shoulder near Sodom Road.

A branch appears to be hanging from a power line there, and responders have placed a traffic cone nearby to alert motorists.

Route 312 is clear for the most part, minus fairly large limbs inching into the roadway about a quarter to half a mile from both the Route 6 and Route 22 intersections. The stores off Indepedence Way are open.

[Updated, 8:40 p.m.] Main Street in Brewster is clear and lit up. Eateries are open.

[Updated, 8:20 p.m.] Precipitation, lightning and thunder has slowed, but is still steady, in Brewster and Southeast.

Parts of several local streets, including Cobb, Dingle Ridge and Starr Ridge Roads, are blocked because of downed trees.

Traffic is flowing in both directions on Route 22, with the debris mainly limited to small branches and leaves. The shops at Lakeview Shopping Center are open, with full power, as are the stores in the plaza.  and have power, too.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) lists Putnam as one of its outage areas. About 1,300 of the company's approximately 7,175 Southeast customers are without power. 

No restoration times for local outages are available on the site yet.

According to various Facebook posts, power is out at the and the . Both are closed for the evening.

[Original story, 7:15 p.m.] The dark sky that slowly crept in and covered the sunshine Thursday afternoon was gone by 7 p.m., as buckets of rain fell and thunder boomed in Brewster.

The storm's arrival was sudden. About five minutes after it hit, the on Route 22 in Southeast lost power. Town trustees continued with their meeting, a work session followed by a regular voting session, in the dark.

Most of the local storms should be finished by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued several alerts for the area, including a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and a Severe Weather Statement. Both were set to expire at 7:15 p.m., but precipitation continued in Brewster at that time.

"Doppler radar continued to indicate a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-size hail and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph," the latter reads. It states that the storms are moving at 45 mph.

Putnam County had not yet made the list of outage areas on the NYSEG website at 7:30 p.m. A number of residents in Brewster Heights still had power at that time.

Does your home have power? Have you noticed downed trees in the area? Tell us in the comments section.


Lavender July 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM
How is 312? We're looking to get to Home Depot from Rt 22 to get some tarps.
Jenny Hinsman July 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
My husband was on 312 about 20 minutes ago (from 22 to Farm-to-Market) and said it was clear.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Thanks for the info., Jenny. I'm headed there now, Lavender. I'll let you know if I find anything different.
Lavender July 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Thanks Jenny....they've been there and back with no problems.
Rich Parker July 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Ashley, it's amazing how much you are doing for, and helping, this community. I can't thank you enough.
Julita July 27, 2012 at 02:57 AM
We are still without power in Acorn Road :(
Julita July 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Still no word on when will the power be back on? :( This is horrible, especially when you have babies and this insane heat :-/
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Here's the latest update on the restoration times, Julita: http://patch.com/A-w148. Do you have enough water?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
It's absolutely my pleasure, Rich! Thank you for the kind words!
Julita July 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Hi Ashley, we have plenty of water. Thank God. Looks like we won't be getting our power back on until tomorrow. Rough night last night without AC. But we are hanging on.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Glad to hear you're doing OK Julita. If you're in need of dry ice, head to Town Hall tonight: http://patch.com/A-w2gp.
Julita July 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Hello there again, our power is back on! Thank God! We are doing well. Thank you so much for caring and for providing so much information and support! You are awesome!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Of course! So glad to hear it's back and you are well, Julita!

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