Rainstorm Causes Damage, Breaks Humidity – Briefly

Lighting strikes in Fulton during brutal thunderstorm Wednesday (August 18) evening.

Lighting strikes in Fulton during brutal thunderstorm Wednesday (August 18) evening.

The hot and humid weather took a turn in the afternoon Tuesday giving people the cool down they were looking for. The rain started to pour and it had no intention of slowing up for quite some time.

Thunderstorm brings this tree down across the driveway of a residence located on Emery Road in Volney. (Photo credit: Kelly Ormsby)
Thunderstorm brings this tree down across the driveway of a residence located on Emery Road in Volney. (Photo credit: Kelly Ormsby)

Heavy rain and damaging winds swept through the area early Tuesday evening.

“We received 0.45-inch of rain from 5 to 5:15 p.m.,” said Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service. “Then from about 6:30 to 7 p.m. we got another 0.10-inch.”

The winds were pretty strong and downed some trees and wires, he added.

“We received several calls for wires down, tree limbs down, tree limbs on houses, etc.,” Lt. Paul Conzone of the Oswego Fire Department said. “No injuries were reported.”

Many people in the Fulton area were left without power for hours and many homes had fallen trees causing yard damage.

After the hard rain fell and the lightning struck, the rain continued on and off throughout the evening and into the night.

Lighting strikes in Fulton during brutal thunderstorm Wednesday (August 18) evening.
Lighting strikes in Fulton during brutal thunderstorm Tuesday (August 18) evening.

The next two days look to follow similar patterns with highs near 90 degrees and scattered thunderstorms on the forecast.

More humidity on Wednesday keeps the threat of more thunderstorms looming over the area. They probably won’t be anywhere near as strong as Tuesday’s, Gregway said.

Tuesday’s high only reached 85 degrees, but the humidity made it stifling. For those thinking summer was on its way out, the recent heat has proven it’s just not time yet.

For some, they had to try to stay cool while working outside.

“It’s been real hot the last couple of days. You have to drink a lot of water, ice water and take a couple extra breaks, wear hats and try to stay in the shade as much as you can,” Gino Licciardello said as he delivered mail on the Port City’s east side. “My route is basically all residential. So I’ll pull up and park, get out and deliver. Then drive up to another spot.”

Gino Licciardello delivers mail in Tuesday's muggy weather.
Gino Licciardello delivers mail in Tuesday’s muggy weather.

For the past few days, the weather forecast has called for high temperatures near 90 degrees and has even surpassed that at times in some areas.

As the forecast doesn’t look to break this streak until the weekend, it’s important to find ways to keep cool.

Many local families have figured out some ways to beat this mid-August heat.

Mother to twin 2-year-old boys and an 11-year-old boy, Nicole Hotchkiss already has her hands full on days without extreme heat as a factor in her plans. Now, while temperatures continue to rise and restless boys don’t like to sit still, she finds ways to be outside and keep cool.

“We have the inflatable kiddy pool for the little boys, and they absolutely love it. I try to keep it in the shade and let them splash as much as they want. Their older brother gets in that as well, but it is a little too small for him,” Hotchkiss said.

Twin two-year-old boys, Dax and Ryker LaPierre, stay cool in their inflatable kiddy pool outside their home.
Twin two-year-old boys, Dax and Ryker LaPierre, stay cool in their inflatable kiddy pool outside their home.

“Instead, we utilize my aunt’s pool at her house to give him a break in a bigger pool. He loves to swim and he could be in the pool for hours if I’d let him,” she added.

Aside from the pool, Hotchkiss tries to keep the boys entertained in the air conditioned house.

“We play games, we clean, I try to get them to relax and watch a movie but they’d much rather be up and going. The air conditioning is where I prefer them to be most of the day when it’s this hot. Hydration is definitely another important factor with this heat. I am always refilling sippy cups with cold water and making sure they are all drinking enough throughout the day,” said Hotchkiss.

Despite the high temperatures, the family still has fun.

Maverick Skilinskis takes a refreshing swim at Brennan Beach in Pulaski.
Maverick Skilinskis takes a refreshing swim at Brennan Beach in Pulaski.

“I honestly don’t think it even bothers them that much. They are just happy to be out in the pool and having fun, I don’t think they even realize just how hot it is. If I left it up to them, we’d be out in it all day. Unfortunately for them, I am fully aware of just how hot it is!” Hotchkiss said with a laugh.

Other families have resorted to the beach, sprinklers, hoses, water balloons or any other form of water they can cool themselves off in.

Many people have stopped to their favorite ice-cream stand to get a nice, cold treat to beat that hot sun.

Steve Yablonski contributed information for this report.

Duffin is a 10-year-old “baseball – lake” dog from Oswego Town. He loves playing catch, especially if it involves going into the lake to retrieve the ball on a hot day.
Duffin is a 10-year-old “baseball – lake” dog from Oswego Town. He loves playing catch, especially if it involves going into the lake to retrieve the ball on a hot day.
A year older, Rudy is an Oswego city canine. He prefers leisurely walks on the grass in the shade of the trees in East Park.
A year older, Rudy is an Oswego city canine. He prefers leisurely walks on the grass in the shade of the trees in East Park.