Tri-State Gets Blown Over by Strong Winds

Sunday, May 9, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Thousands of residents around the tri-state have lost power after strong gusts of wind toppled trees and power lines, and the area remains under a wind advisory until later tonight.

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds up to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph of higher.

In preparation for the wind, the Department of Buildings urged builders, contractors, and property owners to tie down anything that might be knocked over or that can fly away.

Con Ed said a total of about 1,400 customers were without power by Sunday afternoon, down from 12,000 customers at the height of the storm late Saturday.

Queens was the hardest hit -- with hundreds of outages mostly in Jamaica and Richmond Hill.

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