Brisk storm brings hail, winds

High winds and hail knocked down power lines and tree branches and damaged cars throughout the region Thursday – part of an afternoon storm that may have included a tornado just outside Montgomery County.

The strongest hail, including stones as large as 4 inches in diameter – the size of a softball – was reported along the Route 30 corridor between Perth and Amsterdam, as well as Fort Hunter around 3 p.m. Thursday, said Tom Wasula, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany.

The weather service is in Schenectady County today, surveying damage in Delanson, 3 miles southeast of Montgomery County, to determine whether a tornado or straight-line winds were responsible for damage to trees, power lines and homes.

The cities were spared major damage. Gloversville Fire Battalion Chief Mike Putnam said Gloversville received dime-sized hail.

“We have not received one call,” Putnam said.

More extensive was reported in Amsterdam and Perth. Amsterdam Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard DePasquale said hail struck many cars in the city and also was responsible for knocking down a power line and several tree limbs near the city Department of Public Works Garage.

Perth Fire Chief Pete Watrobski said cars were damaged around Route 30, but the department didn’t respond to any emergencies.

Al DePalma, sales manager at Fuccillo Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Perth said about 100 cars were damaged with dents and scratches from the hail – some the width of half-dollars.

DePalma said the dealership is waiting to discover how the cars will be repaired.

“We are waiting for that answer from the corporate office,” DePalma said.

Mayfield Fire Chief Phlan Hart said wind was responsible for bringing down power lined on Warren and Jackson Summit roads. There was no major damage.

“We were pretty protected by the mountains,” Phlan said.

Chief Steve Anderson of the Florida Volunteer Fire Department said one line went out on Queen Anne Road, and golf ball-sized hail did damage some of the department’s vehicles.

The portion of Montgomery County closest to Delanson remains without power this morning. National Grid is reporting 89 utility customers without power in a rural area that includes the Burtonville section of Charleston.

But hundreds of customers in Mohawk, Fonda, Mayfield, Northampton and Benson were without power for some time after Thursday’s storm.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this story.