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Power back for many in north country; restoration efforts continue as second storm looms

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Many in Jefferson County have their lights back on while others are still in the dark in the aftermath of the windstorm that wreaked havoc Tuesday night in the north country.

As of 3:15 p.m. Thursday, 5,824 National Grid customers were without power in Jefferson County. There were only 162 customers in the dark in Lewis County Thursday and 3,032 customers in St. Lawrence County were without power.

National Grid spokesperson Jared Paventi said shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday that power had been restored for 65,000 Northern New York customers of the 74,900 in the region affected by the outage.

Crews on Thursday were out doing more repairs on dozens of damaged poles.

More than 2,000 utility people are working in the area from as far away as Florida to try to get people back online.

“We have an army of crews in town right now working on this to get things addressed as quickly as we can and attacking this from different directions,” Paventi said. “We know that it’s inconvenient, that people are cold. We know that people just want their power back and we empathize with it, and we’re doing everything we can to make that happen. While at the same time preparing for the next batch of weather that’s going to come in.”

A high wind watch goes into effect Friday at 10 p.m. and extends until Sunday at 4 a.m. for Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and northern Cayuga counties. The National Weather Service says southeast winds, the same direction as Tuesday’s storm, are possible with speeds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph Friday night into Saturday before shifting to southwest winds on Saturday.

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