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Friday afternoon storm damages cars, buildings

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Albany/HV: Friday afternoon storm damages cars, buildings
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A State of Emergency was declared Friday for the city of Hudson and town of Greenport. That's after a severe thunderstorm hit the areas in Columbia County. Our Beth Croughan went to see the storm damage for herself Saturday.

HUDSON, N.Y. -- As Bob Anderson walked among the cars at his dealership, he pointed out ripped rain shields, broken tail lights and dents. Lots of them.

"On some hoods, we got as much as, we counted 318 dents on some hoods," said Anderson, owner of Anderson Motor Car Corp.

Heavy rains, high winds and hail hit areas in and around Hudson on Friday afternoon. "Almost like packing a snowball, it was that big in my hand," Anderson described of the hail.

The severe thunderstorms forced him to cancel sales on Saturday. "I had 13 appointments from 8:15 this morning to 5:30 this evening. I got 8 contact numbers, I kind of called them and stuff. What are you going to do? I mean, nobody's going to buy a $10,000 Subaru with hail damage," he explained.

But the hail didn't just damage an estimated 275 cars at Anderson's, it tore through the siding of the house just next door. "Bob Anderson next door, left a message on my answer machine and I got that message this morning," said Phil Abitabile, a member of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy.

The house is where the organization meets, it's also where Abitabile runs his business, the Taconic Associates Driving School.

"I came here this morning, 7:00 to open up class, and I looked and here's what I saw. I mean I was shocked, look at the shutters, the shutters are gone. If you look at the door, the molding of the door is gone. There's a window in the basement that's broken," he said.

The last time Phil said he saw the house, the front looked just like the back and sides. But now, he estimates it's covered in hundreds of holes. "Look it. Look it," he said as he punched the siding.

According to the National Weather Service of Albany, wind speeds during the storm were estimated to be between 60 and 70 miles per hour.

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