ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — About 4,000 utility customers in eastern New York remain without power after severe thunderstorms brought down trees and wires across a three-county region.
National Grid says about 1,700 homes and businesses don't have electricity Thursday afternoon and NYSEG (NYE'-sehg) reports about 1,200 outages. Most of the outages are in neighboring Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties north of Albany.
The outages began Wednesday evening as a line of powerful thunderstorms rolled across the region, bringing heavy rain, hail, lightning and high winds.
National Grid expects most of its customers to have power restored later Thursday.
Officials in the Saratoga County town of Ballston say a lightning strike set fire to the four-story bellow tower on a local church. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about two hours.
More than 20,000 customers lost power during the storm.