August 18, 2010

"Macroburst" Storm Hits Poughkeepsie, Vassar Loses Power

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, a storm hit the city on Monday that lasted only twenty minutes but had the power of a "weaker tornado." Since then, workers have been out trying to clear roads and repair damages. Specialists from the National Weather Service are calling the storm a "macroburst, which is a sudden, powerful downward current of air." Think of it like a big waterballoon, says the specialist.

Kiki Williams, Director of Facility Operations and Grounds for Buildings and Grounds, tells us that the Vassar campus experienced no tree damage but power was lost from 3:15pm and 5:15pm. "We were very lucky unlike some surrounding areas," she says.