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Storm knocks out power in three schools in Albany
Storm knocks out power in three schools in Albany

On a hot and humid Thursday afternoon, a powerful thunderstorm with heavy rain and strong winds swept through parts of Albany, damaging trees, blocking roads, cutting power to schools and even contributing to the partial collapse of a building.

The Albany International Center and New Scotland Elementary School were without power Thursday night, and Pine Hills Elementary School had only partial power, the Albany City School District said on its website. Pine Hills will remain closed Friday. The district said power to the school has “not yet been fully restored,” while Albany International Center and New Scotland Elementary have regained full power and resumed regular classes.

About 3,600 people in the Albany area were still without power Friday morning, according to an outage map from National Grid.

The district said power to Giffen Memorial Elementary School, which also went out, was restored around 8 p.m.

In the city’s Warehouse District, Albany authorities responded to the partial collapse of a building at 13 Thatcher Street. The city said “several other buildings” had damage to their roofs.

There were no reports of flooding in the city and the open-air concert “Alive at Five” was cancelled due to the weather.

By Everly