Thousands without power as high winds batter area

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Gusting winds led to power outages around the Capital Region on Tuesday. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

Thousands of residents in Greene and Albany counties were still without power Tuesday morning after hours of high, gusty winds battered the region.

The storm, which pounded the area overnight and continue Tuesday morning, knocked down trees and power lines.

As of 10:30 Tuesday morning, Central Hudson reported 2,184 homes in Greene County and 345 in Albany County were still experiencing a power outage.

Greenville had 157 homes without power as of Tuesday morning, Cairo had 350 and Durham 34. In Albany County, Coeymans had 9 outages and Westerlo had 81, according to Central Hudson.

Ulster County was hit the hardest, with 6,938 homes without power, Orange County had 1,537 outages and Dutchess County 639, according to the company.

“Central Hudson’s crews 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.

The company has requested backup support from companies in nearby states to restore power to those impacted by the storm.

“In addition to our full complement of internal crews and contractors, we’re expecting an additional 80 line workers from New York, Connecticut, Maine and Quebec to arrive throughout the day to help address nearly 350 individual damage locations,” Hawthorne said.

The storm started Monday evening with wind gusts reaching up to 50 mph overnight, and as high as 56 mph at Albany International Airport, according to the National Weather Service at Albany.

Gusty winds were expected to continue throughout the day Tuesday until sunset, according to the agency.

“Strong wind gusts will continue through this afternoon with occasional gusts up to 35-40 mph, especially down the Mohawk Valley into the Capital District, where westerly winds can be funneled down the valley,” according to the National Weather Service at Albany.

Power restoration efforts continue Tuesday and may take until Wednesday in some areas, according to Central Hudson.

Restoration times were pending for outages in Greene and Albany counties.

“Conditions on Tuesday will improve and allow us to make significant progress, but we anticipate restoration efforts in the most heavily impacted areas to extend into Wednesday,” Hawthorne said.

The utility company urged everyone to avoid downed wires and assume they are live.  

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