25,000 utility customers without power in upstate NY

Created: 12/23/2013 12:42 PM WHEC.com

About 25,000 utility customers in western and northern New York remain without electricity after a weekend ice storm knocked tree limbs onto power lines.

Most of the outages early Monday afternoon are National Grid customers, including 11,700 in Jefferson County on Lake Ontario's eastern shore. Another 5,200 homes and businesses in neighboring St. Lawrence County are without power, and Lewis Count has another 800 outages.

About 7,500 outages are reported in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties.

About 50,000 customers lost power after ice began coating trees Saturday from the Buffalo area to the North Country. States of emergency were declared in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a winter ice storm emergency for western and northern areas and he activated the state Emergency Operations Center.


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