Strong gusts cause problems on Long Island

November 28, 2009 4:55:24 PM PST
Gusty winds caused some problems on Long Island on Saturday. Trees were knocked down across parts of Suffolk County.

Crews had to close Sandy Hollow Road in Northport because a tree fell across the roadway.

The gusty winds also knocked down power lines in the area.

At one point during the afternoon, LIPA reported more than 12-hundred outages in Suffolk County.

Upstate, strong winds postponed Santa's arrival at an Albany-area Christmas tree farm.

Wind gusts reached about 50 mph in the Albany area and spurred Ellms Family Farm to call off Santa's parachute plunge Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says it measured a 47 mph wind gust at its Albany office early Saturday, and a 53 mph gust was charted at Albany International Airport.

Winds weakened gradually during the day.

Santa is now tentatively set to drop in Sunday at the Ellms farm. It's in Ballston Spa, about 30 miles north of Albany.