- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Strong thunderstorms are hitting eastern New York for a second day, with damaging winds triggering a tornado warning west of Albany and the threat of flash floods through the evening.

The National Weather Service says a tornado was possible in a line of storms that moved through parts of Herkimer, Montgomery and Fulton counties late Thursday afternoon.

Winds whipping at 85 mph were recorded before the tornado warning expired at 5:15 p.m. amid reports of large hail, lightning and damage to structures, trees and utility lines.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties, including Lake George as the long weekend kicked off.

National Grid is reporting about 1,700 customers without power in rural areas west of Johnstown and Gloversville, where the strongest winds were reported.

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