BEEKMANTOWN A destructive thunderstorm accompanied by golf-ball sized hail and powerful wind struck several parts of Beekmantown and the Town of Plattsburgh in the late afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 16. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 60 miles per hour on Cumberland Head and 90 miles per hour in nearby North Hero, Vermont. The Weather Service said damage most likely resulted from a severe straight-line wind sheer, not a tornado. Unbelievably, no serious storm-related personal injuries were reported.
Falling trees and tree limbs severely damaged many power lines leaving 3,200 NYSEG customers without electrical power. Several homes especially on Cumberland Head suffered severe damage from falling trees. Boats and docks were damaged at Treadwell Bay Marina. All the marinas boats were blown together on one side of the marina and one boat sunk. On shore, several sailboats on stands overturned and struck adjacent boats. Along Route 22 in Beekmantown several farmers suffered severe crop damage. A tractor-trailer truck traveling on I-87 in Beekmantown overturned during the height of the storm. Cumberland Bay State Campsite was forced to evacuate campers because of the danger imposed by fallen trees and damaged trees. Campers were allowed back in on Monday.