Most of the North Country was under a tornado watch Thursday and a severe thunderstorm knocked out power in parts of the Tri-Lakes.
Heavy rainfall, high winds, and lightning tore through the North Country. Officials with the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont issued a tornado warning for all of northern New York and parts of Vermont.
Reports indicate that a tornado did, in fact, touch down in Vermont. The storms also brought one-inch hail and winds nearing 70 miles per hour.
A flash flood warning remained in effect through Friday morning, primarily for Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and other surrounding communities.
Officials say the additional rain will exacerbate flooding problems across the North Country.
In Saranac Lake, a pair of power poles snapped at approximately 4:30 p.m. near where the railroad crosses state Route 86. The downed power lines forced Ray Brook-based state police to close state Route 86 from McKenzie Pond Road to NBT Bank.