The wait is still on for many in the north country without power, a spokesperson from National Grid said.
“I think it’s very likely that there are going to be customers without power into tomorrow,” Jared Paventi, strategic communications manager for National Grid, said Wednesday.
National Grid is estimating the tri-county region restoration time to be 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the outage website Wednesday night.
National Grid said that as of 6 p.m. Wednesday it had restored service to 34,000 of the 66,000 customers in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties affected by the storm. About 177,000 customers were affected across New York on Wednesday.
Restoration times depend on what repairs are needed in a given area.
“It’s tough to say, especially at this early point because we don’t know where the big time-consuming damage is,” Paventi said.
He said that once crews can pinpoint the damage, then they can clear the debris and start repairs.
The wind and rain caused damage to the electric transmission and distribution systems.
“The damage to our infrastructure was extensive, particularly in the most remote parts of our Northern New York service area,” Matt Barnett, vice president of New York Electric Operations for National Grid, said in a news release Wednesday evening. “Safely restoring service in these areas is time- and labor-intensive. We understand the inconvenience of being without power, and our crews are out in full force to restore service to our customers as quickly and safely as possible.”
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