2012-07-11 / Front Page

Massive Storm Pelts Putnam

Eastern portion of county hit hardest
by Eric Gross

Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds and ground-to-sky lightning knocked out electricity to large sections of Kent, Lake Carmel, Patterson and Southeast Sunday afternoon.

The storm resulted in “tornado-like conditions” in Lake Carmel, according to the Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

Route 52 was closed from the Hill and Dale Country Club to Towners Road in Kent. Downed trees clogged Lakeshore Drive in Lake Carmel making travel impossible. Trees fell on homes in Lake Carmel, Brewster and Putnam Lake.

A home on Marshall Drive in Kent was inundated with mud when a hill gave way due to running water.

In Carmel several basements flooded due to the 2-inch rainfall in less than an hour.

Emergency responders have been run ragged. The Lake Carmel FD called in mutual aid from its neighbors in Patterson, Kent and Carmel to assist.

Homes were struck by lightning in Brewster, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Putnam Valley and Patterson.

At 5:30 p.m The New York State Electric and Gas Company reported outages to more than 25,000 people. The Route 52 corridor from Fair Street north to Lake Carmel including the Shop-Rite Plaza Shopping Center is without electric service.

No estimation was given as to when power will be restored.


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