Strong winds bring down trees and power lines, cause damage

A tree came down on this man's house in Oswego (CNYCentral Photo)

Strong winds and icy conditions during Sunday and Monday caused trees and power lines to come down across central New York, creating damage.

"The wind blew and about a third of my tree came down," said Dave Ellingwood, of Oswego.

Ellingwood was at work when he got a call saying that a large tree branch had fallen onto his house on East 10th St.

His neighbor, Jim Rose, was sitting in his house in the back room, closest to the tree when it split and fell.

"It sounded like a train wreck is what it sounded like," Rose said.

Ellingwood, knowing that his children were home at the time, immediately rushed home. Once there, he found his family safe, but his roof and fence were destroyed.

"Honestly, it was quite a relief to find out that everybody was ok and it’s been a rough couple days the last week or so with other losses in the family, so thankfully no one else was hurt," Ellingwood said.

Other people in Oswego said they were used to strong winds, rain and even snow this time of year, but the prolonged cold weather is growing tiring.

"I literally got smacked in the face when I walked out of my house this morning," said Dana McLaughlin.

To get an idea of how intense the wind has been here, McLaughlin said she was at her friend's house on Sunday night when the wind busted through one of the windows, shattering it.

"I’m just over it," she said. "I know we’re all here for April showers but this is more of an April monsoon. I’m just ready for May flowers."

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