Some might have to wait until Wednesday for power to be restored

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2019 at 4:46 pm

National Grid said it has made progress restoring electricity to more than 80 percent of the 84,000 customers Western New York who lost power from the fierce winds since Sunday.

However, some customers will have to wait until Wednesday before their electricity is back on.

“This storm has been extremely damaging to our electricity system,” said Ken Kujawa, National Grid’s WNY regional director. “We’re seeing hundreds of cases of downed wires in addition to broken poles and uprooted trees on our power lines. Cleanup, reconstruction and restoration will be labor-intensive and time consuming.”

There are 1,906 National Grid customers without electricity in Orleans County, as of 4:30 p.m. Many are small outages. However, in the Kendall area there are 1,209 customers without power and National Grid is estimating they won’t have the power back on until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

National Grid estimates 90 percent of customers who lost electricity will have their power back on by midnight tomorrow.

“Remaining customers, primarily in the hardest hit neighborhoods of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and surrounding areas, will be restored Wednesday,” National Grid said in a news release. “Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible in challenging conditions.”

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