CANTON A severe thunderstorm blasted through St. Lawrence County shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, downing trees and power lines and leaving thousands in the dark.
Reports of downed trees included at Goodrich and Judson streets, Park Street near Lawrence Funeral Home and Jay Street, where cars had been struck. Another was reported blocking County Route 25 in DeKalb, and a utility pole and power lines were reported down on County Route 24 outside of Canton.
Donna H. Kennedy lives on the corner of Judson Street, where the tree fell away from her home and lay across the road, supported by power wires, and began pulling down a utility pole on the opposite side of the street.
We were inside and we heard a whoosh, Mrs. Kennedy said. Wind gusts of 50 mph were reported, and she said that caused the tree on her property to fall.
It was a little nerve-wracking and I thought how could those people in Oklahoma go through what they were going through? Mrs. Kennedy said. We went through one-tenth of what they went through and we were scared.
Andrew J. Barr, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services fire team investigator, was at the Judson Street location and said there were at least 10 other incidents similar to that, with three involving trees on cars.
We contacted National Grid and DPW is going to be cleaning up, Mr. Barr said,
As of 8:15 p.m., National Grids online outage map showed about 5,700 customers without power, out of 43,000 in St. Lawrence County.
Those in the dark included about 2,600 in the town and village of Canton, more than 800 in Colton and 500 in DeKalb.
Outages also were shown as far apart as Madrid, Norwood, Gouverneur and Stockholm.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The companys website indicated 1,470 customers reamined without power by 10:30 p.m. There were five outages affecting 220 customers in Potsdam, 12 outages and 742 customers without power in Canton, 11 outages and 502 customers in the dark in Colton and two outages impacting six customers in Parishville.
Staff writer Roger DuPuis contributed to this report.