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31 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Vehicle Accident - Europe - Russia [Asia]
Vehicle Accident - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Singapore
Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia
Explosion - Middle-America - Mexico
Vehicle Accident - Asia - India
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Nigeria
Vehicle Incident - South-America - Guyana
Flood - Asia - North Korea
Flood - Asia - Japan
Fire - Asia - Vietnam
Landslide - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - India
Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

Vehicle Accident - Europe - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:55 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110731-31802-RUS
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:27:14 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Capital City
Location: Moscow [Moscow River]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 7 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 6 person(s)
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A pleasure boat carrying six people collided with a cargo barge and sank in the Moscow river early Sunday, all passengers aboard the boat were rescued, according to local media reports. Citing a source from the Moscow branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Itar-tass news agency said the boat, the Lastochka, collided with a barge at 00:58 Moscow time (20:58 GMT, Saturday) on Sunday. The source said that the boat saw the barge too late, adding that "the navigator did not manage to escape the collision" and the boat sank "within a minute." Currently, rescuers and police are continuing the rescue operation at the scenes.


Vehicle Accident - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:26 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110731-31801-PHL
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:24:36 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: State of Bicol
Location: [Masbate and Sibuyan island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 19 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Nineteen of the 32 fishermen aboard a fishing boat which capsized off the waters of Masbate and Sibuyan island have been rescued, even as authorities are set to probe reports that the vessel had and proceeded on sailing despite tropical storm Juaning and lack of clearance, People’s Tonight gathered yesterday. This developed as the Coast Guard intensified its search and rescue for the remaining 13 still missing fishermen, two days after the vessel capsized in the said province. Coast Guard commandant Admiral Ramon C. Liwag ordered the dispatch of three Coast Guard vessels, namely, the BRP Edsa, BRP Corregidor and TB Habagat, one PCG Helicopter and one fixed wing aircraft to locate the missing fishermen aboard the FB Hope Christie. Liwag also has ordered probe on the incident after being informed that the fishing boat had departed from Libas Fish Port secretly in defiance of advisory by the authorities. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente said Coast Guard District Western Visayas has revealed that FB Hope Christie was denied clearance to depart by Coast Guard Detachment Libas in Roxas City due to expired safety documents. Ricafrente said that all Coast Guard units near the incident area were also directed to intensify coordination and information dissemination to coastal barangay’s for possible sightings of the missing fishermen. Initial investigations revealed that the FB Hope Christie with 32 fishermen onboard, owned and operated by Raul Uy of Libas, Roxas City was anchored between Mandaon, Masbate and Sibuyan Island, Romblon when suddenly it was battered by big waves and strong winds, causing it to break and capsize at around 2 a.m. last Tuesday, July 26. A day later, information was received by Coast Guard Detachment Calumpang based in Masbate that 13 fishermen were already rescued by fishermen of Balud, Masbate. They were identified as Jun-jun Flora, Vicente Dela Cruz, Andy Layon, Jonex Atagani, Juvy Balite, Noel Romano, Rex Bocala, Joseph Colipapap, Andro Bellocillo, Rodolfo Oliva, Michael Aprevo, Dante Danio and Arnel Aceboque.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:21 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110731-31800-USA
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:20:25 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: [Kaibab National Forest]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A rescue crew on Saturday located the bodies of two men in the burned wreckage of a small aircraft that went missing while flying near the Grand Canyon the night before, authorities said. The single-engine aircraft was found at around 1:30 p.m. local time in the Kaibab National Forest, near Flagstaff, said Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft, a Cirrus SR20, was flying from Rock Hill Airport-Bryant Field in South Carolina to Henderson, Nevada, on Friday. The pilot's family reported him missing when he failed to arrive in Henderson on Friday night. The pilot did not communicate with air traffic controllers, and a review of radar data showed the plane disappeared over the Grand Canyon around 9 p.m. Friday, the FAA said. Blair declined to immediately release the names of the two fliers.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:19 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110731-31799-USA
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:19:04 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alaska
Location: [Trapper Creek area]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said that crews had been able to access the scene, and at least two --and possibly three -- passengers in the crashed plane appeared to be dead at the site. Saturday afternoon that two planes had collided in the air above Trapper Creek, causing one to crash. According to KTUU, the other plane, a single-engine Cessna that sustained damage to a float, managed to return to Anchorage after circling the crash site --and resulting fire -- of the other plane involved in the collision. The Washington Post said that the crashed plane was a Cessna 180, and there was no word yet on the passengers of that crash. KTUU also reported that the crash site was accessible by road, but crews trying to approach the crash were held back by ammunition popping off in the fire at the scene.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Singapore

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:18 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110731-31798-SGP
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:16:45 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Singapore
State/County: State of Kedah
Location: Pulau Pisang
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 23 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

The 23 crewmen of a ship that sank after a collision near Pulau Pisang on Friday were picked up by a passing vessel and taken to Singapore early yesterday. Their boat, the MV Oceania, went down after it collided with the MV Xin Tai Hin, eight nautical miles south-west of Pulau Pisang at about 12.30am. Southern Region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) enforcement chief First Admiral Zulkifli Abu Bakar said: "The MV Oceania sank due to the impact of the collision and all 23 crew members were reported to have been rescued and taken to Singapore by a passing vessel, the MV Ikaragu." It is learnt that the Maltese-registered MV Oceania and MV Xin Tai Hin which is registered in Panama were both en route to Singapore when the accident happened. Zulkifli said the accident had happened at 10.45pm on Friday night and that the MV Oceania had taken about another two hours to sink. "The MMEA immediately dispatched two boats, Petir 51 and Kilat 18, from the Johor Baru Maritime District to the scene after receiving a distress call at 11.50pm on Friday," he said. The MV Xin Tai Hin is now anchored 1.5 nautical miles south of Tanjung Piai.


Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:28 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110731-31797-AUS
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:12:40 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of Queensland
Location: Townsville
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 1 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

One university student is dead and a second is in hospital after an outbreak of meningococcal disease in the north Queensland city of Townsville. An 18-year-old medical student was found dead in his bedroom at James Cook University on Wednesday. The Dean of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Richard Murray, says the student was from Western Australia and was planning a career in humanitarian medicine. He says a memorial service was held yesterday. "This is a fine, very talented and widely admired and liked young man," he said. Another medical student from the college has also tested positive for the infection. Meningococcal invades the area around the brainstem and spinal cord and can also cause blood poisoning. The University says he is responding well to treatment. Professor Murray says people who have been in close contact with the men have been interviewed and given antibiotics. "Certainly with the widened antibiotic clearance we wouldn't be expecting to see any further cases, however, vigilance of anybody really is important," he said. Students and staff have been offered counselling. In the past four years there have been between two and four deaths in the state annually. Meningococcal is uncommon and has similar symptoms to the flu. So far this year there have been 38 cases in Queensland; it is believed this is the first death. The dead student's family has taken their son's body home to Perth.


Explosion - Middle-America - Mexico

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:45 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EX-20110731-31796-MEX
Date / time: 31/07/2011 03:41:35 [UTC]
Event: Explosion
Area: Middle-America
Country: Mexico
State/County: State of Hidalgo
Location: Tula [PEMEX Oil Refinery]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 1 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Petroleos Mexicanos, Latin America’s largest oil producer, said today that two workers died and one was seriously injured in a fire at the Tula refinery today in the central state of Hidalgo. The fire at the 315,000-barrel-a-day facility was reported this afternoon, said a press official who declined to be identified, citing company policy. He said two workers died, and one was injured. The spokesman said the fire is under control and output wasn’t affected. Further details weren’t immediately available. Separately, the company said earlier today a fire at its Salina Cruz refinery in Oaxaca forced the closing one of the plant’s catalytic units. Federico Gonzalez, a spokesman for the refinery, said the fire was immediately contained. The 330,000-barrel-a-day Salina Cruz refinery is the country’s largest.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - India

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 10:50 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110730-31795-IND
Date / time: 30/07/2011 17:48:07 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Jammu and Kashmir
Location: Pahalgam
Number of Deads: 10 person(s)
Number of Injured: 42 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least 10 passengers were killed and 42 were injured when a bus fell into a stream in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday, police said. The bus was going to Pahalgam town in south Kashmir from the adjoining Khirrum village when its driver lost control and the bus rolled into the fast moving Lidder stream, deputy inspector general of police Shafqat Ahmad Watali told IANS. "A massive relief and rescue operation was launched by the police and other wings of the local administration, which has ended now," said Watali, who supervised the operations. The toll, initially at eight, rose after two injured succumbed to their wounds. Doctors at the Anantnag district hospital referred 13 critically injured passengers for treatment to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. All the dead and injured passengers are locals.

Vehicle Accident - Africa - Nigeria

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 05:46 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110730-31794-NGA
Date / time: 30/07/2011 12:44:50 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Nigeria
State/County: State of Osun
Location: Ife-Odan
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A helicopter crash in southwestern Nigeria has left three people, including the pilot, dead, an emergency official said Saturday after a six-hour search in a wooded area to locate the wreckage. The private helicopter crashed Friday outside Ife-Odan in Osun state in a mountaineous area, said Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the national emergency management agency (NEMA). He said that three people aboard the OAS helicopter -- the pilot and two women -- died. Full details of the crash remained unclear, including the cause, he said. "The crash happened in an extremely difficult montaineous area, difficult to access. No vehicle or motorcycle can access the area. It is just now that our officers are bringing down the three corpses," he said. The helicopter, travelling from Lagos to the north-central city of Ilorin, crashed on a hilltop more than 1,000 feet above sea level, he said. He said that NEMA suspects poor visibility as the cause of the accident. "NEMA director general (Mohammed) Sani-Sidi said they would work with other agencies to determine what happened to the emergency locator beacon which could have sent a distress signal to NEMA MCC (Mission Control Centre)," Shuaib added.

Vehicle Incident - South-America - Guyana

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110730-31793-GUY
Date / time: 30/07/2011 12:41:51 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: South-America
Country: Guyana
State/County: Capital City
Location: Georgetown [Cheddi Jagan International Airport]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 4 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A Caribbean Airlines plane coming from New York crashed with 140 passengers aboard while landing in Guyana early Saturday and broke in two, causing several injuries but no deaths, said President Bharrat Jagdeo. The plane apparently overshot the 7,400-foot (2,200-meter) runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in rainy weather. It barely missed a 200-foot (60-meter) ravine that could have resulted in dozens of fatalities, he said. "We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured," he said as authorities closed the airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and delaying dozens of flights. Authorities struggled at first to remove passengers without adequate field lights and other emergency equipment. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear. Geeta Ramsingh, 41, of Philadelphia, said passengers had just started to applaud the touchdown "when it turned to screams," she said, pointing to bruises on her knees. She said she hopped onto the wing and then onto the dirt road outside the runway fence. "I am upset that no one came to rescue us in the dark, but a taxi driver appeared from nowhere and charged me $20 to take me to the terminal. I had to pay, but in times of emergencies, you don't charge people for a ride," she said, sitting on a chair in the arrival area surrounded by relatives. She was returning to her native country for only the second time in 30 years. The plane had left New York and made a stop in Trinidad before landing in Guyana. No further details were immediately available. Jagdeo said he has asked the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the crash. He said crews were pushing to reopen the airport as soon as possible. The crash of the BW 523 is the worst in recent history in Guyana, and only one of the few serious incidents involving the Trinidad-based airline. It is the single largest carrier in the region, operating at least five daily flights.


Flood - Asia - North Korea

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110730-31792-PRK
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:43:04 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Asia
Country: North Korea
State/County:
Location: [Southern region]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

Heavy rains in recent days have inundated rice fields in North Korea and flooded parts of a city near the border with South Korea. Footage obtained Saturday by Associated Press Television News from North Korea’s state broadcaster showed flooded and damaged rice fields and people wading through water in the city of Kaesong. Also visible in the footage shot Tuesday through Friday was damage to a country road, a collapsed bridge, a bus left stranded and tilted at a precarious angle, bent over rice shoots and crops washed over by earth and gravel. North Korea’s state news agency reported Friday that the country is suffering “seriously” from flooding. Dozens of people in South Korea died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooding.


Flood - Asia - Japan

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 03:34 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110730-31791-JPN
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:32:58 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: MultiPrefectures
Location: [Prefectures of Niigata and Fukushima]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 5 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

One man was killed and five others missing and about 400,000 residents were asked to evacuate zones of northern Japan after torrential rain hit the region overnight, reported on Saturday. Many areas in the prefectures of Niigata and Fukushima saw record rainfall that caused floods and landslides and isolated small communities. In Niigata, some levees broke and one railway bridge was swept away. About 400,000 residents in 22 municipalities in the two prefectures were advised to leave the areas. Cumulative rainfall over a 72-hour period until noon (0300 GMT) marked 623 millimetres in Kamo city on the coast of Japan Sea and reached 700 millimeters in Tadami town, Fukushima. The figures were more than double the average monthly precipitation in the areas for July, said the Meteorological Agency. In Tokamachi city, a 67-year-old man was found dead after his car was washed away in a river. In Niigata, some trains services were suspended and part of major expressways were closed. The downpour did not affect the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, located on the east coast of the prefecture. The plant has released radioactive material since it was hit by the March earthquake and tsunami. More rain was expected in the region as well as in central and eastern Japan later in the day, the agency warned.

Fire - Asia - Vietnam

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 03:32 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FR-20110730-31790-VNM
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:30:56 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: Asia
Country: Vietnam
State/County: Duong Kinh District
Location: Hai Phong
Number of Deads: 17 person(s)
Number of Injured: 21 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least 17 people have been killed in a fire at a shoe factory in northern Vietnam, police and local media say. Some 21 other people were injured in the blaze at the plant in the port city of Hai Phong, reports say. Local media quoted a survivor, Bui Thi Them, as saying sparks from a welding machine had ignited the roof of the building. Burning material fell from the roof, blocking the exit, Mr Them said, trapping the victims inside. "The fireball blocked the factory's main entrance and there is no exit on the back," Mr Them said. "Many people in the middle of the factory which was engulfed with fire and smoke could not escape and were burned to death." Ten of those killed were women, the Associated Press new agency said. Thanh Nien was quoted as saying six people, including the factory owner, her husband and a welder, have been detained over the incident.

Landslide - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 03:30 AM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110730-31789-IDN
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:29:35 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Indonesia
State/County: Sumatra
Location: Kembahang Lama
Number of Deads: 4 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A landslide triggered by torrential rain has killed four children who were playing under a cliff in western Indonesia. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the government's Disaster Management Agency says the children were buried when mud gushed down from surrounding hills Friday in Kembahang Lama village on Sumatra island. The victims ranged in age from 7 to 10. Nugroho says their bodies were found late Friday and early Saturday beneath tons of mud and rocks. Two other children were brought to a hospital with injuries. Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a vast chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

Epidemic Hazard - Asia - India

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 03:27 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110730-31788-IND
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:25:24 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Assam
Location: [Dibrugarh district]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 54 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A 14-year-old girl died and 51 others were taken ill, 24 of them seriously, after they had soaked gram during a religious ceremony at Mohkhuwa in the Rajgarh area of Dibrugarh district on Thursday. Along with 24 patients, Preety Rekha Bordoloi, a Class VIII student, was brought to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) on Thursday evening in a serious condition. Preety died on Friday morning. AMCH sources said the condition of the other patients was being closely monitored and most of them were recovering. Seventeen of the 27 patients, who were admitted to Rajgarh community health centre, were transferred to AMCH on Friday as they showed no signs of improvement. All of them had complained of vomitting and developing cramps after having the gram. "Altogether 42 persons were admitted to the AMCH and one of them died. Except for a couple of patients, the rest are recovering fast. We will discharge them in another 48 hours. We've, however, preserved the viscera of Preety and will send it to the Guwahati-based forensic laboratory for investigation," AMCH principal-cum-chief superintendent Pranab Baruwa said. Deputy commissioner (Dibrugarh) K K Dwivedi, who visited the patients at AMCH, said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident. "We're trying to ascertain whether the gram was suitable for human consumption. We have collected samples and sent them for laboratory test," he added. On September 27, 2010, over 100 primary school students were taken ill after consuming mid-day meal at a primary school at Barbaruah Tea Estate in the district.

Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110730-31787-USA
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:22:59 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of North Carolina
Location: [Hudson Valley region]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 11000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A violent storm passed through the Hudson Valley Friday evening, downing trees and leaving thousands without power. Though heavy rain and high winds blanketed Rockland and Putnam counties, the areas near Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining in Westchester appeared to have taken the brunt of the storm. According to Consolidated Edison Inc.'s website, more than 11,250 homes and businesses were without power across Westchester County about 8:45 p.m. Friday. In Ossining village, about 2,300 customers were affected along with nearly 1,500 in Ossining town and another 1,800 in Croton. In Mount Vernon, more than 3,000 customers experienced outages. In White Plains, police said that a tree had fallen on an Ogden Avenue home. No injuries were reported. The weather also wreaked havoc on the county roadways. Motorists were at a standstill on Route 9 near Ossining about 6:15 p.m. as a downed tree blocked the southbound lane, one driver said. By 8:30 p.m., the road remained closed to southbound traffic, police said. Downed trees also delayed traffic on Route 129 near Quaker Bridge Road.

Elsewhere, Westchester County Police said fallen trees near the Saw Mill River Parkway caused partial road closures around Pleasantville. Saw Mill exits at Bedford Road, Manville Road, Grant Street and Route 120 were all affected. The issues had been resolved by 8:15 p.m., police said. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., David Seide, of the Eagle Bay Condominiums in Ossining, said the storm came right through his neighborhood and downed trees that blocked the major roadway in and out of his development. Some of the fallen trees were estimated to be more than 200 years old, he said. "There are trees down all over," Seide said. "The tops of the trees are all sheered off. It looks like it came right through from the Hudson River." Seide believes a tornado was responsible for the damage, but Dave Samuhel, a meteorologist with Accuweather.com, could not verify that claim. Samuhel speculated that wind gusts in areas where trees were blown over topped 60 miles per hour, but said he had not received reports of any tornados touching down in the county. Service to most Con Edison customers affected by the storm was to have been restored by 2 a.m. this morning. Samuhel said today's forecast calls for sunny skies with lower humidity and temperatures in the low 90s.

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