May 19, 2017
ALBANY, NY – An upstate New York field force of more than 1,300 workers continues to make progress restoring electricity to customers impacted by last night’s severe storm. While the storm affected many areas of upstate, the most severe damage was seen in eastern New York, where approximately 53,000 customers lost power. The National Weather Service has confirmed a macroburst, with straight line wind speeds of up to 90 mph, impacted Warren and Washington counties in eastern New York.
Power has been restored to nearly 80 percent of the approximately 68,000 upstate New York homes and businesses impacted by Thursday’s storms. A full contingent of line and tree workers remains focused on restoring power to approximately 14,000 customers without service, especially where the damage was most severe in and around the Glens Falls area. The field force continues to focus on the time-consuming, labor-intensive work of removing downed trees and thousands of tree limbs, replacing broken poles and damaged transformers, and replacing miles of feeder lines and circuits.
National Grid anticipates restoring power to the majority of customers in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties by late tonight, with some single outages restored by tomorrow afternoon. Most customers in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties will have service restored by late tomorrow evening, however some single services and isolated pockets where damage is most severe may not be restored until Sunday. Specific local restoration times, updated every 15 minutes, are available on the Outage Central page of National Grid’s website.
“Our crews have made significant progress and we have received outstanding support from state, county and local first-responders and emergency coordinators,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid’s New York vice president. “However there is challenging work ahead and our job is not done until we have connected every customer.”
National Grid asks customers to stay alert for electricity service interruptions:
National Grid also advises staying tuned to local media for important announcements from emergency officials about possible evacuations or other emergency procedures. In most areas, information on storm shelter locations is available by calling 211. Also, please check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance in a service outage.
National Grid offers several ways to stay informed and safe – before, during and after a storm:
Click here for a video on how National Grid restores power after a major storm.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).