Clean up follows latest storms

July 22, 2010 7:44:51 PM PDT
There are power problems Thursday unleashed by fierce storms that ripped across much of the region. The numbers started out much higher, but there were more than 2,400 outages on Long Island Thursday morning.

In Connecticut, there were more than 20,000 homes and businesses without electricity at the peak of the outage..

The fierce winds and lashing rain sent trees tumbling down across eastern Long Island. Power lines snapped and crackled, and flares sparkled as LIPA crews got to work. From Stony Brook to Setauket to Miller Place, people were astonished by the wild weather.

Riverhead had power lines and trees down around Sound Avenue in Wading River. Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold also reported storm damage and outages.

East Hampton took a real beating and more than 4,000 homes and businesses blacked out.

"It just sounded like a really heavy wind, and then also outside, it wasn't so dark, but everything was going sideways, and we were just like, what's going on?" East Hampton resident Demi Reichart said. "There was a solid 10 minutes of just craziness."

The National Weather Service in Upton even had a reported sighting in East Hampton of a waterspout, which is basically a tornado over water.

The storm dumped more than an inch of rain on parts of the area.

In Orange County, trees brought down power lines. And the damage wasn't any better in Connecticut.

"The wind was just horrendous, and leaves were blowing and branches and all of a sudden, bam," one resident said.

There was pounding rain, large hail and possible tornadoes in Fairfield and Litchfield counties in Connecticut.

"Trees were sideways, rain was coming just in sheets and sheets and sheets," another resident said. "And then that noise, the tremendous noise, like a train."

"He was by the window, and I was yelling at him, get away from the window cause the windows were going boom, boom, boom," added another resident. "She put the kids in the bathroom cause my bathroom has no windows."

Power lines and trees were down all over the area, closing roads and smashing cars.

"I owe him my life," a resident said. "I truly do because I didn't know what to do. It's a little scary."

A funnel cloud was caught on tape in Terryville.

"There's a definite path that the storm took," one resident said. "Massive path of destruction. Very, very big."