Severe weather knocks out power across the Island

Strong thunderstorms raked the New York metro area Sunday on a second day of 90-plus temperatures, tossing treesonto cars and across train tracks, delaying airline flights forhours and knocking out power

News 12 Staff

Jun 9, 2008, 3:03 AM

Updated 5,888 days ago

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Strong thunderstorms raked the New York metro area Sunday on a second day of 90-plus temperatures, tossing treesonto cars and across train tracks, delaying airline flights forhours and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.
One tree toppled across a car in a picnic area at Bethpage StatePark on Long Island, sending two occupants to a hospital with whatappeared to be minor injuries, regional state parks director GeorgeGorman said.
Storms packing wind gusts estimated at up to 50 mph swirledthrough the area between about 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., leaving batteredtrees and other damage, especially on eastern Long Island, NationalWeather Service meteorologist Peter Wichrowski said. Suffolk Countypolice said reports of downed trees and power lines cropped upacross the area.
The storms uprooted or snapped as many as 150 of Bethpage StatePark's trees and left limbs hanging from many more, forcing theclosure of three of the park's five golf courses Monday, Gormansaid. At Robert Moses State Park in Babylon, two lifeguard standstoppled and two storage sheds overturned, he said.
Five fallen trees cut off some service Sunday evening on theLong Island Rail Road, and lightning strikes scrambled signals andcaused delays on other parts of the commuter line. Departure delaysat John F. Kennedy International Airport stretched to more than 2hours, while the backup was more than an hour at LaGuardia andNewark Liberty International airports.
More than 24,000 Long Island Power Authority customers werewithout power. Consolidated Edison reported about 2,200 outages inNew York City and Westchester County.
Click here to watch storm damage in Nassau County


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