Residents rush to clean up from Wednesday's storm before Thursday's hit

Posted at: 09/12/2013 5:28 PM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 6:58 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

Capital District -- The galvanized tin roof that topped the old Seward Tavern, now apartments, on Route 165 in Cobleskill was no match for the wind that ripped through the area Wednesday night. 

"The winds started coming through...like a hurricane or something," recalls Stephen Price, who lives across the street from the affected building.

A decades old maple tree on Kenwood Avenue in Delmar also fell victim to the fast moving and frightening storm Wednesday night.  The weather was so wild that residents mistook the crack of the tree breaking for a crack of thunder.

"The wind was so loud and there was so much rain you couldn't see then I looked outside my window and this tree just fell down," explains Jennifer Casey, who lives at 461 Kenwood where the tree fell.

But the sky was blue and the sun was shining Thursday in Cobleskill.  Still, workers rushed a temporary fix for the roof; bracing for storms promising to be equal to or worse than yesterday's severe weather.



"Very loud, sounded like hailstorms coming down and everything else," adds Price.

Clean up in Delmar was also in full swing.  So were thoughts of relief.  Had the wind been blowing in a different direction, the tree would likely have flattened a portion of the Casey house.



"We've been here for three years and that was the biggest worry.  One day the tree was gonna come this way," explains Jennifer.

The American Red Cross in Schoharie County is assisting the resident affected by the roof incident in Cobleskill.