ROTTERDAM - Many neighborhoods in many Capital Region communities were thrust into complete darkness Wednesday night after a powerful thunderstorm tore through the area, leaving flooded roads, toppled trees and downed electrical wires in its wake.
When the storm passed through Niskayuna just after 7 p.m. it was strong enough to interrupt a Niskayuna School Board meeting and send everyone there scurrying to safety in the basement of the Van Antwerp Middle School.
After the tornado warning had passed, many roadways were flooded or blocked by fallen trees.
Two tall pines fell on Daren Russell's property on Guilderland Avenue in Rotterdam -- one landing on his neighbor's rooftop and the other crushing his car parked in the driveway.
"I was looking out my kitchen window and another tree fell," Russell said. "But life goes on."