{"headline18"/}About 50 in area without power

Fewer than 50 customers remained without power as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, NYSEG officials said, and restoration efforts continued.

About 500 people had been without power late Wednesday afternoon after strong winds swept through the area, a NYSEG official said.

The gusts that knocked down trees and branches ranged between 40 mph and 50 mph and followed a cold front that moved into the area at 7 a.m., a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton said.

Electricity was restored by 4 p.m. to more than 3,300 customers , the first of whom lost power at about noon, said New York State Electric & Gas Corp. spokeswoman Ann Carnrike.

The balance of the customers was expected to have power restored by midnight, she said, barring further weather problems.

Chenango County was among the hardest-hit, with outages reported in the Norwich area, she said.

There were also residents without power in the Cooperstown area, she said.

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