National Grid says 4 Orleans towns will have to wait until Friday for restoration

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 March 2017 at 5:48 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: A National Grid employee works to restore power on West Avenue in Medina.

National Grid is making progress restoring power in Orleans County and Western New York.

For most in Orleans County, power will be on by later tonight, but 4 towns will have to wait.

Murray, Clarendon, Barre and Town of Albion won’t have power back until by 3:15 on Friday, National Grid reported on its website.

The company provided the following timelines for other Orleans towns for having power restored today:

• Yates and Village of Lyndonville by 5:15 p.m.

• Village of Albion, Ridgeway, Shelby and Village of Medina by 8 p.m.

• Gaines, Kendall Carlton by 10 p.m.

The Red Cross has a shelter at Medina High School, 2 Mustang Drive, Medina.

The sign for the Farmers’ Market in Medina was hanging down after the fierce winds swept through the area on Wednesday.

National Grid provided the following update on the restoration efforts in WNY:

As of 4 p.m., service has been restored to nearly 71,000 homes and businesses throughout western New York, with approximately 52,000 customers remaining without power due to the storm’s impact.

Following a comprehensive damage assessment completed today while restoration crews continued work, it’s estimated 90 percent of impacted upstate New York customers will have power restored by late Friday evening. Most of the remaining impacted customers in the hardest hit areas – particularly in portions of Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties – will have power restored late Saturday evening due to the severity of the storm damage.

A western New York field force that has grown to nearly 1,150 workers continues to repair damage, remove trees and restore power to customers impacted by Wednesday’s devastating wind storm. Gusts in excess of 70 mph caused extensive tree and equipment damage and left approximately 164,000 customers without power across the company’s 24,000-square-mile service area. The storm’s most severe damage and highest wind speeds were recorded in western New York.

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