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Tornado watches amid windy storms upstate

September 18, 2012
Associated Press

ALBANY (AP) - Tornado watches cover most of central and eastern New York, and there are flash flood warnings in the Catskills as a string of windy rainstorms moves through the region.

The tornado alerts from the Southern Tier to the Mohawk and Hudson valleys and north to Adirondacks are set to expire between 7 and 11 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service says heavy rain led to flash flooding in Greene and Ulster counties starting late in the afternoon. The warning is in effect until 10:30 p.m.

Central Hudson Gas and Electric is reporting about 11,000 mid-Hudson Valley customers without electricity early this evening. National Grid has 13,000 customers without power, mostly in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Warren counties. About half of NYSEG's 13,000 outages are in Westchester County.



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