High winds bring down power lines, cause outages

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Powerful storms hit Westchester and Hudson Valley, leaving fallen tree limbs and downed power lines in its wrath. Con Edison crews worked to restore power to thousands in Westchester. More than 3,000 customers were in the dark in Rockland and Orange counties from the storm that brought high winds. William O?Schaefer Elementary School in Tappan had to dismiss kids early due to power problems.

One Yorktown family awoke to find their house surrounded by downed power line. Around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday a broken tree branch pulled down power lines along Route 129. Some of the power lines fell in the Tompkins? driveway. Thirteen thousand volts of electricity burned a trench in their driveway.

It took Con Ed workers about two hours to get the power turned off. Throughout the morning, the ground continued to steam from the intense heat caused by the arching wire.

Utility crews worked to restore power throughout the area by the evening.

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