More than 200,000 National Grid customers were left without power Wednesday afternoon following a line of thunderstorms packing strong wind gusts moved through the Capital Region, causing trees to come crashing down.

Mulitple school districts are closing as widespread outages persist throughout the Capital Region into Thursday morning.

National Grid reported in a press release Thursday afternoon that more than 1,700 National Grid service workers are removing downed trees, wires and other hazards throughout the region. Crews worked through the night and have so far restored power to nearly 75,000 customers so far.

“This is one of the most damaging storms we have seen in eastern New York in a very long time,” said Matt Barnett, National Grid’s vice president of New York Electric Operations. “We continue to prioritize public safety as we cleanup the widespread damage that includes uprooted trees and downed power lines. In addition to these critical public safety activities, we are assessing the damage to our system and equipment in order to provide estimated restoration times.” 

Barrett noted that restoration processes may take up to 48 hours for some and says the most extensive damage includes Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Columbia and Montgomery counties.  

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