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Capital Region Power Outages Continue Into Weekend

Downed tree limbs in Albany
Dave Lucas
Downed tree limbs in Albany

National Grid says portions of New York’s Capital Region will remain without power this weekend following Wednesday’s storms. 

The utility says most customers still without power in Albany, Schenectady and Troy should have their power back on by 9 p.m. Saturday with scattered isolated pockets and single customer outages restored Sunday. National Grid said scattered isolated pockets and single customer outages in Cobleskill, Gloversville and Hudson would be restored Saturday.

On Friday evening, National Grid said it had restored power to more than 197,000 of the nearly 240,000 customers.

“Our crews will continue working around the clock and remain committed to our restoration efforts until the last outage has been restored.” said Matt Barnett, Vice President of National Grid's New York Electric Operations in a statement. “We also are keeping an eye on weather forecasts, which call for high winds and thunderstorms in the region this weekend.”

National Grid says it is offering customers dry ice, water-based ice and bottled water at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday. It is also offering the items at the Pittstown Rescue Squad in Johnsonville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and at the Schenectady County Department of Engineering and Public Works location in Schenectady from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The utility is asking customers to bring a small cooler or shopping bag to transport the dry ice home.

Eversource was also reporting outages in western Massachusetts Friday evening. 

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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