Wind causes damage across the tri-state

December 15, 2010 11:30:23 AM PST
Ferocious winds knocked down trees and power lines across the region on Wednesday. The wind was gusting at times at more than 50 miles an hour.

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Wind blew down poles, like the one at 31st Street and 9th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

In Fresh Meadows, Queens, a large tree came crashing down outside Frances Lewis High School. No one was hurt.

In Richmond Hill, the powerful winds hop-scotched across neighborhoods.

Old shade trees were no match for the gusts, and those falling trees took out a few parked cars in the process. Lots of power lines came down too.

Parts of Long Island were among the hardest hit as downed lines sparked small fires and knocked out power for thousands.

In New Jerey, gusty winds also knocked out power to thousands of customers.

The winds brought down trees and limbs in many areas, causing scattered power outages. More than 13,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers were without power late Wednesday afternoon, 7,000 Public Service Electric & Gas customers were affected, and 1,700 Atlantic City Electric lost power during the day.

By late afternoon Wednesday, the National Weather Service was reporting sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts up to 41 at Newark Liberty International Airport. Flight delays of up to 90 minutes were reported.

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