Area cleans up after storm

Some people in Fulton and Montgomery counties spent time on the Fourth of July cleaning up after a storm that caused power outages and damaged homes.

Crews from National Grid and some local Departments of Public Works were busy Friday repairing damage and cleaning up debris from the storm that hit the area Thursday afternoon and left thousands without power.

Tony Viola, of 157 Kingsboro Ave., said the street had lost power around 5 p.m. Thursday, and had not heard from National Grid about when he would get power back.

“I don’t have a cell phone, so [National Grid] couldn’t get me if they tried,” Viola said.

Canbiba Baupista, of 143 Kingsboro Ave., said some neighbors had started up generators to deal with the power outage.

“No one could sleep well because of the generators,” Baupista said.

Phone lines were taken out by a fallen tree on Orchard Street in Gloversville, with North Arlington and Bleecker Streets still blocked off Friday morning due to water from the Cayadutta Creek.

Mary Sutton, who lives at 8 N. East Ave. in Johnstown, said her son and daughter were home Thursday when a tree fell and part of it crashed through a small section of the roof. No injuries were reported, and the tree was taken away at 9 a.m. Friday.

“Not the way I wanted to spend the Fourth,” Sutton said.

As of Thursday evening, National Grid reported around 3,600 customers were without power in Fulton County, including 1,800 in Caroga. About 450 customers were without power in Montgomery County at that time, including about 430 in the town of Minden.

On Friday night, National Grid reported fewer than 60 customers were without power between both counties.

Brian Frugis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said no tornadoes had touched down in Fulton, Herkimer and Montgomery counties.

However, he said, winds up to 100 miles per hour damaged homes in Montgomery and Herkimer counties.

During the storm, firefighters extinguished a house fire on Temple Street in Gloversville. It was unclear whether the fire was related to the storm.

Gloversville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Putnam could not confirm Friday how many people lived in the home. No injuries were reported.

There was a minor fire at the Johnstown Price Chopper from a lightning strike around 5 p.m. Thursday. The building was evacuated, but was reopened once the fire was under control. No injuries or severe damage was reported.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeffery Smith said in an email Thursday that Minden and St. Johnsville experienced significant damage from thunderstorms and a possible tornado.

According to a Facebook post at the Montgomery County NY Emergency Management page, on Fordsbush Road in Minden a barn collapsed and an empty box trailer was lifted and dumped in the road Thursday. A post Friday noted the National Weather Service investigated the storm and believe it was not a tornado, but 100 miles per hour straight line winds.

Smith could not be reached for comment Friday.