Severe thunderstorm results in Kingston state of emergency

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KINGSTON – Mayor Steven Noble has declared a local state of emergency following Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorms that downed trees and knocked out power in parts of the city.

The order restricts all unnecessary travel in and around Kingston, especially in Uptown, where there are many roadways that are closed. This generally includes every street from Linderman Avenue to Lucas Avenue and includes Washington Avenue in this area.

The thunderstorm produced extensive tree damage across the city.

Central Hudson is reporting approximately 5,500 customers in Kingston still without power. This includes a variety of traffic signals.

Driving in and around Kingston is extremely difficult or impossible in many areas due to downed trees and power lines.

All Kingston Parks and Recreation Summer Programs and facilities are closed today. Offices are open. The Department of Public Works will have trash and recycling collection.

“Last night, our Fire Department, Police Department and DPW responded to hundreds of calls for service and I want to thank all of our staff for working throughout the night,” said Noble. “Much of the clean-up is dependent on Central Hudson clearing power lines and so clean-up from this storm will take some time. Central Hudson has not yet provided power restoration times but we will share any information that we are provided.”