About two dozen Orange and Rockland Utilities Co. customers in Upper Nyack remain without power this morning following , which brought heavy rainfall, lightning strikes and downed trees and utility wires throughout the area.
During the storm, fire broke out at the home at 500 North Broadway, where the upper floors of the home were heavily damaged. No one was injured at the home, located on the corner of Old Mountain Road.
Nyack volunteer firefighters, with help from Piermont volunteers, battled the blaze as the fierce rain storm continued and lightning continued to flash in the skies. Firefighters had to cut open portions of the roof and the side of the home to reach the fire from the outside, as firefighters worked to reach the fire from the inside.
Nyack Fire Chief James Petriello said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but a possible lightning strike is suspected. He said the fire was in the ceiling of a glass-enclosed room on the south side of the home.
As the fire was battled in Upper Nyack, a fire was reported in the attic of a home on Route 9W in Upper Grand View and tree fell from the side of the New York State Thruway in South Nyack and landed on a car. Firefighters from Blauvelt and Central Nyack assisted with those emergencies.
Also assisting firefighters in Nyack were volunteers from Congers, Orangeburg and Sparkill.
Flooding also damaged a section of Route 9W in South Nyack and brought down trees, including one on Washington Street near Cedar Hill Avenue in Nyack and also brought down a tree in from of the Hopper House Art Center on Broadway in Nyack.
As firefighters finished operations at 500 North Broadway, a short distance away in Upper Nyack a tree fell on a car at the intersection of Route 9W and Christian Herald Road. The car was heavily damaged, but Petriello said the driver walked away from the incident without injury.
During the storm, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Orangeburg were also heavily hit. Route 303 in Orangeburg was flooded at Mountainview Avenue. A car was also reported trapped in flood waters at a shopping center on Route 303 in Valley Cottage.
Patch user Allan Erps was caught in the storm Saturday
"Was in Blauvelt off Moison Rd showing houses(Realtor®)," said Erps in a comment on Patch. "Was also a letter carrier in Nanuet for 31 years. We could not get out of our cars for 30 minutes. Having seen alot of damage in my time this certainly ranks in the top 5! 15 SOLID minutes of Hail +torrential Wind & Rain. Flooded areas & limbs of trees were incredible. Was very happy we all got home safe to Nanuet!"
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