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Hundreds without power following storm


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Heavy wet snow and ice caused power outages throughout Greene and Albany counties early Tuesday. Courtesy of Pexels

Power was out to 500 Durham households Tuesday morning following a mid-April storm. Additional scattered outages throughout Greene and Albany counties were also reported.

The storm, which began late Monday and continued overnight, left icy roads in some areas and heavy, wet snow in others.

The precipitation downed tree limbs and led to power outages across the region.

According to Central Hudson, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday there were 500 households in Durham without power, 360 in Lexington, 67 in Greenville, three in Cairo, 18 in Jewett and one in New Baltimore.

A total of 949 homes in Greene County remained in the dark Tuesday morning.

There were 15 outages in Albany County, with 12 in Rensselaerville and three in Westerlo.

Power was expected to be restored to all households in the county by mid-afternoon Tuesday, according to Central Hudson.

A winter storm warning remains in effect in western Greene and Albany counties until noon Tuesday. Some areas of the region received as much as 6-10 inches of snow and were still expecting accumulations of up to an additional inch by noon Tuesday.

“Snow will continue through this morning, although travel conditions will slowly improve as temperatures rise just above freezing,” according to the National Weather Service at Albany. “Heavy snow accumulations on tree branches will continue to cause scattered power outages.”

The most heavily impacted areas in Greene and Albany counties were Westerlo, Altamont, Berne, Knox and Preston Hollow in Albany County, and Hunter, Tannersville, Windham and Prattsville in Greene County, according to the agency.

Road conditions throughout the region are expected to remain slippery and continued caution is advised, but as temperatures rise throughout the day conditions are expected to improve.

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