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Tornado watch, severe weather threat for Twin Counties leaves hundreds without power

May 15, 2018 03:09 pm Updated: May 15, 2018 04:33 pm

Hundreds of people are without power in Columbia and Greene Counties after severe storms hit the area late Tuesday afternoon.

Over 600 people are without power in Clermont, but electricity is expected to be restored by 6:15 p.m., according to National Grid's electric outage map.

Nearly 100 customers without power in Germantown are expected to have the issue fixed by 5:30 p.m., according to National Grid.

Fewer than 10 customers are without power in Cairo, with power to be restored by 5:30 p.m., according to Central Hudson's electric outage map.

A tornado watch is in effect for Columbia and Greene Counties until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A moderate risk for damaging winds and large hail, greater than 1 inch in diameter, is a possibility for the following counties:

ALBANY               BROOME              CHENANGO
COLUMBIA             CORTLAND            DELAWARE
DUTCHESS             FULTON              GREENE
MONTGOMERY           OTSEGO              RENSSELAER
SARATOGA             SCHENECTADY         SCHOHARIE
SULLIVAN             ULSTER              WASHINGTON

Parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont are also at risk for the winds and hail through 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

For updates, visit weather.gov/aly

Central Hudson advised local residents to be prepared for the potential for severe thunderstorm activity with the possibility of damaging wind gusts, driving rain and lightning.

The electric company published the following tips this afternoon about avoiding fallen electric wires:

• You can't tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Assume all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution. Do not drive over fallen wires. Always follow the utility personnel instructions regarding fallen power lines.

• If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything it contacts. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts may be energized. Call 911 to report fallen wires.

• Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth can conduct electricity if even slightly wet.