Storm knocks out power in Colton, Wilmington

Powerful thunderstorms did most of their damage in the Syracuse and Albany areas as they rumbled across upstate New York last night, but they also knocked out electricity in pockets of the North Country, especially in Colton and Wilmington.

In Wilmington, New York State Electric and Gas’s website reported this morning that 26 of its 879 customers in the town were without power as of 8:20 a.m. My mid-morning those outages had been cleared from NYSEG’s website.

In Colton and Canton, about 500 customers were still waiting for power to be restored this morning after the storm knocked out two or three poles deep in the woods last night, National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella said.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is looking into whether a tornado touched down in rural Columbia County. Weather service meteorologists told Albany-area media outlets that witnesses reported a possible twister just before 5 p.m. Tuesday near Copake, on the Massachusetts border 40 miles southeast of Albany. No injuries or major damage was reported.

National Grid reported about 12,000 customers without power in central New York, mostly east and south of Syracuse. About 3,000 customers remain without power this morning, Stella said.