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Storm knocks out power to thousands


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The late-winter snowstorm knocked out power to thousands of households in Albany and Greene counties. Courtesy of Pexels

More than 2,500 households in Greene County and 1,207 in Albany County are without power as of 1 p.m. Tuesday due to the snowstorm.

The town with the highest number of outages in Greene County is Durham, with 1,007 households without power, followed by Cairo with 397, New Baltimore with 374, and Greenville with 368.

Other towns in Greene County experiencing outages include Coxsackie with 155, Catskill with 154, Athens with 77, and Hunter with 17.

Rensselaerville has the highest number of power outages in Albany County with 524, followed by Westerlo with 354.

In Coeymans, 287 households are without power, with another 42 in Ravena.

As of Tuesday afternoon, utility company Central Hudson was assessing the storm damage and did not have a restoration time available.

“Central Hudson’s crew are working to make repairs and restore power to our customers as safely and quickly as possible,” said Ryan Hawthorne, vice president of Electric Engineering and Operations at the company. “In addition to our full complement of internal crews and contractors, we’ve secured mutual aid from New York, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Connecticut and Iowa.”

The storm brought down power lines and caused utility disruptions to more than 18,000 households in Central Hudson’s eight-county coverage area.

“In total, Central Hudson expects to have a field force of nearly 550 line and tree professionals working to address more than 400 individual damage locations,” Hawthorne said.

With wintry weather and high winds expected to remain in the area throughout the day and into Tuesday evening, more outages are possible, according to the company.

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