UTICA, NY - High winds continue to create hazards across Central New York. National Grid reports 1,699 customers without power in Oneida County and 2,152 in Herkimer County as of 8:30pm Wednesday evening. Just over 200 customers of National Grid and NYSEG have lost power in Otsego County.
The National Weather Service High Wind Warning remains in effect until midnight. There have been multiple reports across the area of trees and power lines down. In Otsego County, there was a 56mph gust recorded at Cherry Valley. There was a peak gust of 54mph at the Oneida County Airport. A 48mph gust was reported near Herkimer and Westmoreland, 46mph in Cold Brook and Clinton. 37mph in Old Forge. There have been no reports of any injuries in the Mohawk Valley area that can be attributed to the weather.
In the North Country, a man was killed when the shack used for making maple syrup collapsed from the force of high winds. The accident occurred on a farm in the Town of Theresa, north of Watertown.
National Grid has announced that they have placed 1,700 crews on alert in order to deal with issues related with the weather. That staff number for National Grid includes contract crews from as far away as Indiana.
National Grid is reminding customers, if they lose power at their residence call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 to expedite restoration. Customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid at 1-800-642-4272. They also remind their customers that, in case of a medical emergency, call 911.
The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority issued a statement that asks residents in the City of Utica and Villages of Dolgeville, Frankfort, Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk, not to put out their recyclables this week, due to the High Wind Warning. They note that garbage will be picked up on its regular schedule.
The National Weather Service expects that the strongest wind will be experienced Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. There is a concern for trees and power lines to come down. High profile vehicles may have difficulty on roadways.
National Grids reminds people that generators used to supply power during an outage, must be operated outdoors. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Never touch downed power lines, always assume they are carrying live electricity. Keep a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. Always drive carefully and use caution when driving near any emergency and repair crews working to respond to an emergency or to restore power.
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