High winds blow roof off of South James Street home


No one was injured when high winds Monday night blew the metal roof off a house on South James Street in Rome.

City fire officials said the high winds managed to get underneath the metal roof covering the shingled roof at 6867 S. James St. and blew off sections of the metal sheeting. One section of metal flew into the roadway, while another section folded over the house.

“The roof was still attached to the wood when it came off,” said Fire Lt. Paul Matwijec. “The attic was exposed.”

Fire officials said one resident was home at the time and they were not injured. They called 9-1-1 at 7:25 p.m. Responding firefighters pulled the metal sheet out of the roadway and secured it down on the property.

The blown roof was one of numerous calls Rome firefighters responded to during that hour. Matwijec said they responded to multiple calls of trees and wires down throughout the city. He said no major injuries were reported.

According to National Weather Service statistics, sustained winds reached 39 mph between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, with gusts up to 60 mph. Numerous localized power outages were reported throughout Monday into Tuesday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, crews from National Grid were still reporting outages impacting hundreds of customers in Annsville, Ava, Blossvale, Camden, Cleveland, Constantia, Floyd, Lee, Lee Center, New Hartford, Rome, Steuben, Sullivan, Taberg, Vernon, Verona, Vienna and Western. Most of the outages were expected to be resolved with service restored by late Tuesday.


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