State of emergcy; strong thunder storms take down trees, wires,

Update at 7:55 from Sullivan County

A State of Emergency is issued under Article 2B of New York State Executive Law and in this case applies to the townships of Cochecton, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland, Mamakating, Tusten, Smallwood in the Town of Bethel and Rock Hill/Glen Wild in the Town of Thompson. The declaration was made after a conference call this afternoon with town supervisors, village mayors and school superintendents, who relayed numerous reports of impassable roads, stranded vehicles, widespread power outages and extensive tree damage.

“Damage in some parts of the County approaches what we saw during the March 2 blizzard, so I have declared the State of Emergency in Sullivan County to ensure the safety of County residents,” said Potosek. “There are no travel restrictions associated with this declaration, but I urge people to use caution and refrain from unnecessary travel. In some parts of the County, roads may not be passable for several days.”

County offices will be open as normal tomorrow, though County employees should contact their direct supervisor if there is a circumstance preventing them from coming to work. Monticello and Eldred school districts will be closed tomorrow, so that crews can have the time needed to reopen roads and restore power.

Please check the Sullivan County website and Facebook page for updates, and if power is lost, please tune into the local radio stations for regular updates. There will also be updated information if at any time local shelters will be.


The trip from Narrowsburg to Liberty was a bit tricky with trees and lines down. Crews had cleared narrow pathways through parts of Route 97 and 52, and cars were driving under utility poles leaning precariously over lines on the road, under lines dangling overhead and through trees.  The crews were on the job quickly.  Coming some ten weeks after the March storms, it's another blow to Highland, Tusten and other towns.


Strong thunderstorms ripped through the region on the afternoon of May 15, taking trees and wires down and closing roads.  School Street in Narrowsburg was closed, and utility wires were down.

Roads were closed in Honesdale and the power was reportedly knocked out in that borough. Roads were also closed in Parksville due to downed trees.

Reports on social media say residents lost power in Cochecton.   

was reportedly out

At least two school districts including Liberty altered the release of students in the afternoon because of possible tornado activity.


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