ROSCOE, N.Y. – At least two people were missing after flash floods in the southern edge of the Catskill Mountains.
Six to eight inches of rain fell in two hours late Tuesday night, sending flood waters surging and washing out roads. Roscoe's fire chief Steve Chesney told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that several houses "were pushed around" by floodwaters. The downpour came as a series of storms tore through New York state on Tuesday, killing at least one person and leaving more than 3,000 electricity customers still without power Wednesday.
State police in the Catskills area said Wednesday morning that a search began for four people who were not accounted for after the floods. Searchers located two people. Officials at the scene told the newspaper that at least two people were reported missing.
Details about the search were sketchy, in part because phone lines were down and cell service is spotty in this rural area 100 miles northwest of New York City.
Scattered power outages were reported around the state. New York State Electric and Gas reported about 2,000 outages, about half in Brewster in Putnam County. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., reported about 1,000 customers without power in the Hudson Valley, most of them in northern Orange County.
In Rochester, a man riding a recreational vehicle on a wooded trail along the Genesee River was killed when the top half of a tree as tall as 100 feet crashed down on him during a storm Tuesday afternoon, Fire Department Capt. Dan McBride said.
Sustained winds of nearly 50 miles an hour, with gusts of 60 mph to 65 mph, were recorded at the city's airport, the National Weather Service said.
Dozens of oak trees upwards of 100 feet tall were snapped in half by the gusts, McBride said.
In the suburb of Brighton, a tree crashed on a car near a park, trapping a woman. She was freed by firefighters and taken to a hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.