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Medina will have emergency shelter available

Photo by Cheryl Wertman: This tree toppled and was blocking West Avenue in Medina this afternoon.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 March 2017 at 5:35 pm

Tractor Trailers banned on Thruway until further notice in Rochester area

The Village of Medina will have emergency shelter available tonight and Thursday while there is widespread power outages in the community, Mayor Mike Sidari said. He is worried about the power outages with colder weather coming in.

There are 10,487 National Grid customers without electricity in Orleans County out of 18,221 total.

National Grid is estimating power won’t be restored in Orleans until 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Anyone who needs shelter should call the Medina fire station at 798-1661.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also urged New Yorkers to exercise caution as hazardous winds continue to move from west to east into the Finger Lakes.

At the Governor’s direction and in coordination with local officials, the elevated section of the Route 5 Buffalo Skyway is closed to all traffic until it is safe to reopen. Also effective immediately, all empty tractor trailers are banned on the New York State Thruway (I-90) between exits 45 (Rochester – Victor – I-490) and exit 61 (Pennsylvania state line) due to a high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service. This ban is also in effect for the Niagara Thruway (I-190).

Additionally, all loaded and empty tractor trailers are banned on the New York State Thruway (I-90) eastbound and westbound between exits 45 (Rochester – Victor – I-490) and exit 47 (Rochester – Leroy – I-490 – NY Route 19). The Governor is also recommending empty tractor trailers stay off expressways in the areas where high wind warnings are in effect.

“New Yorkers should plan ahead for strong winds expected throughout the evening, exercise caution and ensure their homes are ready to endure the impacts of extreme weather,” Cuomo said. “With high winds and the potential for downed power lines and power outages, I urge New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary travel and heed all travel restrictions. As we continue to monitor the situation closely, state agencies will work with all partners to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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