Cleanup continues after Tuesday’s storms


Severe storms knocked down several trees in the village of Saugerties.

Some homes were spared, others were not.

Those wind gusts so powerful, it uprooted huge trees breaking through the concrete, landing on a power line and crashing on the roof. 

“The winds must have been strong enough it pushed it away so it never even touched my house,” Mike McGirr, of Saugerties, said.

McGirr considers himself lucky.  A branch that used to hang over his home, instead came crashing down right next to it. 

It split in half after lightning narrowly missed his house. 

“I’m just glad it hit the tree and not the house because I would have lost the house.” 

Other homeowners were not so lucky 

Crews working around neighborhoods in Saugerties cleaning up branches and debris.

After Severe storms knocked down several big trees some uprooted concrete and sidewalks. Others crashed down onto homes and tree houses.

Al Hopf’s 11-year-old granddaughter was home when a tree came crashing through her bedroom window.   

“No injuries. We were very fortunate.”

It left a gaping hole in the roof and the porch a mess. 

As for the commotion?

“I didn’t hear a thing.”

Al said it was the heavy downpour that brought him outside. He’s grateful now more than ever for insurance. 

“The rain was so heavy that the road was flooded across here. I looked at my son’s house because I live next door and I saw this catastrophe. I said wow!”

Hundreds of crews have been out clearing the roads and restoring power.

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