Thunderstorm pummels Potsdam

(Newswatch Group/File)

POTSDAM, N.Y. – What amounted to flashes of lightning and thunder and a brief shower in Cornwall was a completely different story in Potsdam.

The community about 50 kilometers south of Cornwall is cleaning up from damage after wind topping 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers an hour) and lashing rain.

The storm, which hit just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night, tore the roof off an apartment building and also tipped over an airplane at the Potsdam Municipal Airport, spilling roughly 25 gallons of fuel after a fuel line was severed.

The roof damage has left nine people homeless, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

The fire department also responded to reports of lightning strikes and downed wires.

Roughly 1,500 people were without power as of 10 p.m. said the paper.

According to WWNY-TV, the National Weather Service has confirmed the storm was the result of a microburst.

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