NEW YORK (WPIX)—High winds were to blame for power outages across parts of Long Island, Queens and New Jersey Saturday.
Sustained winds between 20 and 35 mph with gusts well over 50 mph persisted throughout the day Saturday. A wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service, was in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.
Deborah Robinson of Queens was on her way to her Richmond Hill home when a tree fell into a power line, causing her home to catch fire: "I [saw] fire, right there. And I [saw] the wood burning," she told PIX11 News, pointing to her front porch.
Anita Aladama, who lives across the street, said she quickly grabbed her children when she saw the flames: "I picked up my two kids and ran downstairs. Someone two houses down called 311," she said. "The fire trucks came. They looked at everything and blocked off the whole block."
Meanwhile, temperatures also dropped to below normal.
Authorities are encouraging anyone with any loose outdoor items to secure them right away.