Monday Night: Winds Ease Some
As Monday turned to Tuesday, the winds of Hurricane Sandy appeared to ease in northern New York.
Earlier, wind gusts of 51 miles per hour were reported at Fort Drum.
However, readings reported during the 11 pm hour did not break the 50 mile per hour mark, and - in general - north country communities reported gusts in the 30s.
A high wind warning for the region remained in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Experts expected wind to be the most important consequence of Hurricane Sandy in northern New York, and it was - the rains from the hurricane will be negligible - but compared to other bad weather events in the north country, Sandy seemed mild.
"I don't see any stronger gusts coming in," 7 News weathercaster John Kubis said shortly before midnight.
It will still be windy Tuesday, but winds will decrease as the day goes on.
The biggest fear about Monday's wind was both its speed and direction - this particular wind storm had the peculiar feature of coming primarily from the northeast. That could have increased the damage done by wind to trees, since trees in northern New York are adapted to dealing with winds from the southwest. However, there were only scattered reports of tree limbs down across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
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