Storms cause LI power outages, partial collapse of building

Andrew Weber
August 23, 2019 - 7:08 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Storms pelted the New York City area Thursday night, causing power outages and a partial building collapse on Long Island.

Strong winds and lightning from the thunderstorms took down trees and wires, leading to over 40,000 PSEG Long Island customers losing power.

The greatest concentration was in the West Babylon area, where 8,300 customers were without power.

Over 25,000 customer were still without power as of 7 a.m. Friday morning.

The wall of an industrial building in East Farmingdale collapsed around 9:30 p.m.

Concrete from the structure at 60 Executive Blvd. fell onto at least 10 employee’s cars.

“We just heard like thunder and lightning and then all of a sudden, people are coming in screaming, ‘check your cars, a building collapsed.’ We walk out and this is what we see,” a woman told CBS2. “It looked like something out of a movie. Seeing your car under a whole bunch of rubble like that, it’s scary.” 

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