NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Thousands of homes in the Tri-state area are without power Friday after intense thunderstorms moved through the region on Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings across the southern half of New York throughout the day as storms moved eastward across the state.
Early Friday after the thunderstorms had moved over the New York City area, scattered outages were still being reported by Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority.
By Friday afternoon, officials said about 43,000 customers across New York were still without power.
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On Long Island, Suffolk County police say an 18-year-old man received a shock while inside his Middle Island house. They say the house may have been struck by lightning. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Passengers were forced off an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train on the Oyster Bay line.
The train was stranded after fierce winds and whipping rain brought a tree crashing down onto the tracks, blocking any trains from continuing onward, officials said.
In Westchester County, crews have been busy in Somers removing large trees that toppled on roadways.
While for many up north the lights are on and the roads are clear, fallen trees in some streets have snapped utility poles and detours are not hard to find, WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported.
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From his bread delivery truck in North Salem, Steven Wolfe was looking for alternate routes.
In Carmel, roads off of West Shore Drive were hard hit.
“It was a tremendous swirl and wind and gray,” said Carmel resident Fred Swanson. “All you could see was a gigantic ball of fire. I thought it was 2012 coming to an end.”
Just feet away from Swanson’s house on Stebbins Road, utility and phone poles came crashing down.
“I’ve seen bad but this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said.
In New Jersey, the storms rolled through in a wide swath across the state in the early evening, leaving downed trees and fallen branches in their wake.
Thousands were still in the dark Friday morning, mostly in Monmouth County. Utilities said crews have been working though the night to restore power.
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