National Grid says crews have restored power to nearly 212,000, or 97%, of customers impacted by Saturday’s strong winds throughout Upstate New York.

The National Weather Service reported gusts of more than 70 mph (113 kph) in several counties, including Erie, Niagara and Genesee.

The storm caused damage to trees, power lines and utility poles and residential properties.

“While we have made steady progress, there is still work to be done and our expanded field force will continue to work around the clock to ensure every customer’s service is restored as safely and quickly as possible,” National Grid’s vice president of New York Electric Operations Matt Barnett said in a statement. 

Barnett said outages remain in Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Orleans and Niagara counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes, and Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties in Northern New York.

National Grid said in Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties, crews are working to restore restoring service hour-by-hour and 95% of customers in these areas will have service restored by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The power company also reports that any remaining storm-related outages are expected restored by midnight Tuesday in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Restoration is also expected to be complete by midnight Tuesday in most of Erie and Niagara counties with single customer outages and isolated pockets of customers in most severely impacted areas seeing power restored through the overnight hours and into Tuesday.

In Northern New York, remaining single customer outages and isolated pockets of customers in the most severely impacted areas will be restored through the overnight hours and into Tuesday, according to National Grid.

On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said that nearly 300,000 residents statewide lost power at height of the storm. This included 100,000 customers from Buffalo to Rochester.

The company says customers can visit National Grid’s Outage Central website for updated outage and safety information.


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