Damaging storm cuts power to hundreds in Westchester County

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Hundreds of customers in Westchester County were still in the dark early Friday after a damaging storm swept through the area, cracking power poles and knocking down wires.

Nearly 800 Con Edison customers in Westchester County were without power as of 5:30 a.m. Of those affected customers, more than 400 were in Yonkers.

Yonkers Avenue at Bronx River Road and Vernon Place marked one of the messiest areas, with utility lines crashing on top of parked cars. No one appeared to have been hurt.

A resident living near Yonkers Avenue reported seeing lightning strike a large tree during the storm, causing the tree to break apart and crash to the ground, pulling utility poles and wires down with it.

Many poles landed on parked cars, live wires sparked a small fire and several city blocks were strewn with debris.

Yonkers Avenue at Richfield Avenue remained closed Friday morning while crews clean up the street.

Electricity could be restored by mid-morning, officials said.

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