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November 19, 2013

Severe weather knocks out local power

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — High winds downed trees and caused power outages in scattered sites throughout Delaware, Otsego and Chenango counties, utility officials said Monday, but service was expected to be restored by midnight.

Most customers in Walton were left temporarily without power Monday, and Walton Central School was closed.

Danny’s Restaurant in Walton, which usually opens at 10:30 a.m., couldn’t open until 4 p.m. Monday because there wasn’t electricity, Wilma Hannan, owner said Monday night. The timing wasn’t convenient because the restaurant couldn’t serve some of the hunting season customers, she said.

“Things like this happen,” Hannan said. NYSEG crews generally are quick about restoring power, she said, and the most important factor is that crews are safe doing their work with the power lines.

By early Monday afternoon, most of the nearly 20,000 power outages across upstate New York caused by a strong storm system barreling out of the Midwest were repaired, according to the Associated Press.

Outages remaining early Monday afternoon totaled fewer than 2,500, with most of them in northern or eastern sections of the state.

Earlier, high winds had knocked down trees and power lines, cutting electricity service to almost 20,000 homes and businesses from Lake Erie’s eastern shore to the Hudson Valley, the AP reported.

The National Weather Service had issued wind advisories for much of upstate New York until Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton said reported Monday that wind gusts ranged from 41 mph in Sherburne and Sidney to 45 mph in Laurens and 51 mph in Cherry Valley, according to Brian Lovejoy, hydro-meteorologist.

In Oneonta, fire department crews removed a small tree blocking the roadway along Old Southside Drive and Swart Hollow Road, an official said.

High winds downed a maple tree in Walton, New York State Electric and Gas Corp. officials said Monday.

Clayton Ellis, a NYSEG spokesman, said about 1,100 were without electricity in Walton originally, and crews started working to resolve the Walton situation at about 3 a.m. Monday.

A large maple tree had fallen and caused “an awful lot of damage” to three utility poles with major equipment on them, he said.

Outages also were reported in Richfield Springs, Cooperstown, Oneonta, Downsville, Hancock and Deposit, Ann Carnrike, a field customer service representative for the local NYSEG area, said. About 4,000 were without power temporarily in the local region because of wind damages, she said.

By 5:30 p.m., electricity had been restored to all but about 390 Walton customers, NYSEG officials said, and power to the remaining users was expected to be on again by midnight Monday.

Wintry but not such windy weather is in the forecast.

The NWS in Binghamton forecast for today calls for scattered snow showers before 10 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies that gradually turn sunny with a high temperature near 36 degrees and northwest winds of 14 to 17 mph. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible, with tonight’s forecast calling for clear skies and a low of about 20 degrees.

Daytime high temperatures are forecast to be in the low 40s on Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS said, with sunny or partly sunny skies.