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National Grid: Power may not be restored until Thursday for some in NNY

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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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Power out for thousands in north country as wind storm wreaks havoc

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Strong winds wreaked havoc and cut power for thousands in the north country overnight as storm systems swept through the area with wind gusts as high as 78 mph being recorded in Watertown.

Most schools in Jefferson County, where power is reported out for nearly 30,000 National Grid customers, are closed Wednesday, along with Copenhagen Central Schools in Lewis County also closed.

Many other schools in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties are operating on a two-hour delay.

Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Barnett has issued a travel advisory for the county, noting that many roads are littered with debris and some closed due to downed power lines and trees.

Samaritan Medical Center said some of its locations are running on generator power, causing it to delay outpatient appointments until at least 9 a.m. as it assesses the situation.

The hospital’s Walker Center for Cancer Care is similarly without power and appointments are being delayed. Samaritan is asking patients to not come in for scheduled appointments Wednesday until they are called by a team member. The center’s phone systems are not fully operational and patients will need to wait for a call.

About 4,000 National Grid customers in the city remain without power this morning after Tuesday night’s wind storm that blew into the area, according to an update issued Wednesday morning by Mayor Sarah V. Compo Pierce.

Other information that the mayor shared in a press release includes:

— At this time, National Grid is in the damage assessment phase, and should be fully transitioning to power restoration efforts within the next several hours.

— City Public Works crews are in the process of clearing debris from streets.

— At this time, all critical city infrastructure is operational.

— Damage to homes is a concern and the city is in the process of connecting any residents who may be displaced with shelter.

— At this time, CitiBus services are paused. The reestablishment of bus transit is dependent on traffic light restoration and cleared roads.

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