Over 5,000 without power in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 December 2022 at 8:45 am

More than 5,000 National Grid customers are without electricity this morning after fierce winds took down trees and wires.

National Grid is reporting 5,136 of its customers in Orleans are without electricity. That is 26.1 percent of National Grid’s 19,624 total in the county, according to the National Grid power outage map at 8:25 a.m.

That is a much higher percentage than other nearby counties contending with a powerful winter storm.

Orleans has a higher percentage without power than in Niagara County – 5,894 out of 83,034 (7.1 percent); Genesee – 1,713 out of 27,176 (6.3 percent); Erie – 24,602 out of 285,223 (8.6 percent); and Monroe – 1,704 out of 21,428 (8.0 percent).

It is only in the single digits to start the day in Orleans. The high is forecast for 16 degrees.

A blizzard warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. on Sunday for Orleans, Niagara, Erie and Genesee counties.