With the outbreak of Tornados and severe weather in the past month across numerous Midwest states, local forums and Facebook pages have Hudson Valley residents recanting their own brush with cyclones almost a quarter century ago.

Twenty-four years ago this week, on May 18th, 2000, Poughkeepsie found itself in the path of a storm that , despite its lasting impact on the region, was a testament to the community's ability to overcome. A  strong cold front and powerful winds united, setting the stage for an edge of thunderstorms, the likes of which hadn't been seen in nearly two years. 

These storms unleashed a barrage of severe weather across The Hudson Valley , marking the first confirmed tornado in the area since June 1998.

The storm's wrath was felt across multiple counties, with Dutchess County getting the worst of it. Microbursts toppled trees and power lines on a path to The Poughkeepsie Yacht Club, which was hit with winds clocking at a staggering 126 mph, resulting in overturned boats, cars, trucks, and damaged structures.

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 In the hamlet of Fairview, a weaker tornado added to the chaos, causing downed trees and minor structural damage to homes. Throughout Dutchess County, the landscape resembled a war zone, with reports of extensive tree damage, smashed windows, and power outages affecting thousands.

The storm's impact was not confined to property damage; the toll on the landscape also suffered. Apple orchards, most susceptible to failure during these crucial spring months, suffered substantial hail damage. Sadly, lightning also claimed the lives of two horses in Ballston Lake.

Despite the storm's intensity, there were no human injuries or casualties reports.

As the region dealt with the aftermath, it served as a stark reminder of the power and unpredictability of this natural phenomenon, underscoring the importance of preparedness and awareness in such situations.

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