By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — Strong punishing winds snapped thick trees like twigs Monday afternoon and knocked power out to hundreds of homes as a line of menacing thunderstorms moved through the region.
While the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the region that expired at 5 p.m., no funnel clouds were reported.
Much of the damage came in Delaware County, where 550 customers of New York State Electric & Gas remained without electricity at 8 p.m.
Most of those who lost power were in Sidney, where 470 homes remained dark, the utility reported. Another 53 homes in Colchester had no power, and 23 customers in Andes had outages.
Otsego and Schoharie counties appeared to have been spared significant damage, though there were sporadic reports of trees being toppled, while 60 NYSEG customers in Chenango County were without power as of 8 p.m.
The biggest impact in Chenango County was in Bainbridge, where 56 homes remained without power.
In Delaware County, Sidney Village Mayor Andrew Matviak said the storm was intense but brief.
“It came up all of a sudden, and the wind and rain were very strong for about 20 minutes to a half-hour,” he said. “It was kind of freaky because it came up all of a sudden and then left all of a sudden.” He said several trees were knocked down, ripping down utility lines as they fell.
He said NYSEG crews were working hard to reconnect downed power lines.
A number of homes near the Amphenol factory lost power, but there was no indication of any outage at the manufacturing plant, Matviak said.
In Downsville, Julie De Angelis, proprietor of the Catskill Cellars liquor store on state Highway 30, said it was fortunate that the storm never lived up to its advance billing.
“We had someone who came in from Binghamton, and they said it was very bad along the way,” she said. “But it wasn’t that bad at all here right in town. It looks like it pretty much spared us.”