Overnight Storm Fells Trees, Blocks Roads In Bedford

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Bedford Police warned residents of blocked roads Thursday morning via an e-mailed Nixle alert. Trees and wires are down around town due to a severe overnight storm. Photo Credit: Bedford Police

BEDFORD, N.Y.— A severe overnight storm brought several wires and trees down Thursday morning in Bedford, blocking roads throughout town, according to the Bedford Police, and power was knocked out to hundreds of and businesses.

NYSEG reported that as of 9:30 a.m., 708 of its 6,662 Bedford customers had lost electricity, while Con Edison reported 75 of its 1,018 Bedford customers had lost power. A 6 p.m. restoration time was predicted.

Bedford police sent out a Nixle e-mail alert at 5 a.m. warning drivers of a tree blocking Pound Ridge Road in the area of Middle Patent Road. According to police, the Bedford Fire Department was able to clear the tree from wires, but the road is still blocked. The New York Department of Transportation was notified of the situation around 9 a.m., police said.

All traffic lights on Route 35 are back up and running after losing power this morning, according to Bedford police. A section of Chestnut Ridge Road where trees became entangled in wires is currently closed, and the Bedford Highway Department and Con Ed have been notified, police said.

In the Bedford Central School District, Fox Lane Middle School and High School were first on a two-hour delay, then subsequently closed, while all elementary schools in the town of Bedford were put on two-hour delay. As of 8:20 a.m., Bedford Village Elementary School was still without power, according to Schools Superintendent Jere Hochman. The Harvey School in Katonah was also shut down due to a power outage.

The National Weather Service has continued a high wind advisory until 6 p.m., cautioning against sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph and possible gusts of 46 to 57 mph that can cause further property damage and hazardous conditions, including  downed trees and power lines.

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