Wind Causes Scattered Damage Across North Country

Wind Causes Scattered Damage Across North Country

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High winds damaged gas pumps in Watertown Monday morning and there was scattered damage throughout the north country.

Two gas pumps were damaged at Quicklee's gas station on Coffeen Street when wind ripped the canopy down.

The Watertown city fire department responded around 5:45 a.m. Battalion Chief Matt Timmerman says there was an initial odor of gas fumes, but no fuel leaked out. 

The pumps are stable and the city's codes department has been notified of the damage. 

The store will remain closed until damages are cleaned up.

Damaging winds tore the siding off a building on Factory Street in Watertown. 

City police, fire department, and Department of Public Works crews responded to 470 Factory Street. 

The siding blew across the street and did minor damage to a truck. 

No injuries were reported.

Also in Watertown, high winds toppled over a sign at Pearle Vision on Arsenal Street. 

No other damage was reported and the business is open under normal hours of operation.

Route 11 near Adams was closed for close to an hour Monday morning after wind snapped several power poles.

The highway was closed between Spook Hill Road and the village of Adams.

The downed lines knocked out power for a few hundred people.

Crews were kept busy responding to power outages and other incidents one in Sackets Harbor where a tree had collapsed, taking down a power line.

Bill Elliott & Sons Tree Service was called in to clean up the tree and its debris.

"Pretty good size, it's about a 30 inch tree, broke right off at that base," said Elliot. "It took down one of the main lines and we had to wait for them to shut that off before we could clean it up."

In Lewis County Monday, the wind created blizzard-like conditions. 

Visibility was virtually zilch.

Route 177 had been closed for hours but was later re-opened from the county line to Route 12.

Route 26 from Constableville to West Leyden WAS still closed Monday afternoon.

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