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Irene Blocks Roads, Cuts Power in Westchester

Don't even think of going out. Downed trees and power lines, visible on the Shrub Oak-Putnam Valley border, have turned the streets into an obstacle course. The ground is soft and visibility, poor. It's dangerous to be on the roads.

In parts of Rye water is up near porch-level in some areas, including Milton Road.

Elmsford and Greenburgh have both been hit hard, with a mudslide on part of Hillside Avenue resulting in a road being shut down.

Parts of White Plains, including some of the Highlands neighborhood, are without power and the Bronx River that flows on the western edge of the city has overspilled its banks onto the Parkway and into the parking lot adjoining the County Center.

ConEd and NYSEG have been out, assessing damage throughout the county.

Storm drains haven't overflowed their banks, but are likely to, under the pressure of the continuing, torrential rain. The Weather Underground reports that 2 to 5 inches of rain fell across the region over the past 18 hours, with the lower Hudson Valley getting some of the heaviest amounts. Another 2 to 6 inches are expected before Irene passes through.

Ponds, small creeks and streams could overflow.

Winds are starting to whip up. Irene lost some of its force overnight, and is now being called a tropical storm, not a hurricane. Still, that means sustained wind blasts ranging from roughly 39 to 73 miles an hour. The brunt of the storm is expected to hit Northern Westchester at about noon.

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