John Gokey/The TelegramThe brief but violent thunderstorm that hit the Malone area around 3 p.m. on Friday brought down a tree on College Avenue in the village. The broken branches fell across the power lines, snapping a National Grid power pole and causing outages along College Avenue, Brown and State streets, Scott Drive and Willow Street. It also affected the traffic lights on the corner of Willow and Main streets, as well as the traffic light at the intersection of Main and Raymond Street. National Grid arrived on scene to rectify the damage, while members of the Malone Callfiremen and Malone Village Police ensured residences were safe inside their homes as rubberneckers attempted to drive by and get a look at the damage caused by the strong winds that accompanied the storm. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the North Country region throughout the weekend, with wind and rain from Tropical Storm Fay expected to hit the area early this afternoon.

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