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Joshua Thomas/For The Recorder A portion of the remains of a barn knocked down on Fordsbush Road in Minden during Thursday's wind storm appears to have been demolished in a controlled burn Friday.

Joshua Thomas/For The Recorder Trees were downed on a Fordsbush Road farm in Minden during Thursday's wind storm.

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National Weather Service rules out tornado

Saturday, July 05, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

The National Weather Service determined a tornado was not the culprit of severe weather Thursday.

But, meteorologists said 100 mph straight-line winds tore through southern Herkimer County to western and central Montgomery County.

Meteorologist Tom Wasula said another meteorologist surveyed the areas and followed the storm's path, and it was about 30 miles long from West Winfield to Minden.

Those areas were hit the hardest.

"The damage was mostly from snapped and uprooted trees," Wasula said.

Wasula said the strong winds occurred between 3:55 p.m. and 4:35 p.m.

There were reports Thursday night that a barn collapsed on Fordsbush Road in Minden, and an empty box trailer had been lifted by the winds and dumped onto the road.

On the scene Friday, it appeared a portion of the downed barn was demolished in a controlled burn.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeffery T. Smith said a house on Route 5S in Minden lost part of a roof, and numerous trees were reported down across the county.

"To all the residents of Minden and the surrounding communities that were affected by the storm, Mother Nature once again thrashed her fury on us, but we are strong and we will prevail," Minden Supervisor Cheryl Reese posted on her Facebook page. "Thank the good Lord that no lives were lost. We have a lot of damage at our house, which I'm sure everyone else has, but it's OK because trees, shrubs and flowers can be replaced."

Smith said debris cleanup continued Friday.

Hundreds of Fordsbush Road residents were still without electricity Friday, according to the National Grid website.

National Grid reported nearly 20,000 customers were lost services during the storm. Friday morning, about 6,000 customers remained without services, mainly in Fulton, Saratoga and Washington Counties.

"This storm system brought with it very heavy winds that took down trees, which in turn brought down our power lines and poles," said Dave Ethier, National Grid's electric operations director for eastern New York. "We had crews working through the night and had additional crews working Friday, installing new poles and repairing wires.

Ethier said the utility expected most customers' services would be turned back on by Friday evening.

Walusa said the weekend's forecast looked more promising, with low humidity levels and lots of sun.

"This is like the sixth weekend in the row where it is nice and dry," Walusa said.

     

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