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High winds, lightning take out power

Jul 24, 2012 12:10 am
Susan Campriello reports in The Daily Mail nearly 2,000 households were without power for several hours after storms rolled through Greene County and the Hudson Valley during the late afternoon, Mon., July 23. The outage mainly effected the towns of Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie and New Baltimore. A power outage at the WGXC transmitter site put the station off the air for several hours, late Monday. A utility spokesman said winds caused the majority of outages, although some may have been due to lightning strikes. Between two and three inches of rain fell in northeastern Greene County between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Albany. The storm continued into the evening, when lightning struck the Coxsackie Water Treatment Plant. “During the storm on Monday afternoon, the Coxsackie Water Treatment Plant took a direct lightning strike and knocked out the operating control system which supplies the chemical feeds,” Mayor Mark Evans told The Daily Mail, in another story. “Our plant personnel were automatically notified, responded immediately and within a couple of hours the control system company was on-site making repairs.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.