Severe weather hits Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION (NEWS10) – Severe weather struck the Capital Region on Friday.

Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings were issued for several counties in the Capital Region.

NEWS10 ABC Meteorologist Greg Pollak captured some incredible images as he traveled through parts of Montgomery County, including the village of Ames. Light rain became extremely heavy with penny to nickle-sized hail following.

Wind gusts were easily over 50 mph for a couple minutes, according to Pollak.

On Route 30 in Carlisle, a rotating shelf cloud was easily recognizable.

Pollak then made his way to the city of Schenectady but was slowed down by at least 1.5 ft. of standing water on Guilderland Avenue.

NEWS10 ABC reporter Lindsay Nielsen was also following the storm through Schenectady County. Resident Alan Pelc captured some storm video footage.

“I came outside to check it out, and there was a live wire that went down and it was sparking and on fire and so I started recording and there was an explosion,” he said. “There was about three or four explosions. They took a police line to try and block the roads, but since there’s a lot of garbage and stuff, it blocked up a lot of the drains so there’s a lot of flooding. Stuff like that so just got to be careful of stepping in puddles.”

Pollak said this is the time of year when we see the most severe weather outbreaks across the Capital Region. The continued threat for severe storms should be expected well into the summer season.

Friday night power outages:

Albany County

5862 customers out

Cohoes – 2023 (restored at 12:15a)

Guilderland – 2551 (restored at 12a)

Colonie Town – 1113 (restored at 12:15a)
Schenectady County

2581 customers out

Schen city – 1329 (restored at 11:45 p)

Rotterdam – 796 (restored at 12a)

Niskayuna – 247 (restored at 11:45p)


Rensselaer County

1822 customers out

Grafton 852 (restored at 12a)

Brunswick 863 (restored at 12:15 a)


Saratoga County

432 customers out


Schoharie County

1277 customers out


Fulton County

959 customers out

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