A field force that has grown to more than 1,800 workers made significant progress overnight and this morning in restoring electricity service to more than 95 percent of Central New York homes and businesses impacted by Tuesday’s devastating tornadoes and thunderstorms. The storms caused extensive tree and equipment damage and left approximately 86,000 customers without power. 

Today, the company’s full contingent of crews remain focused on restoring power to approximately 3,500 customers in the areas where the damage was particularly severe, including Lowville, Volney, Utica, Rome and East Syracuse, where a state of emergency was declared.

 

National Grid anticipates restoring power to the majority of those still affected by late tonight.  Restoration in a few isolated locations and for some individual customers in the hardest-hit areas likely will continue into Friday.  Specific local restoration times are available on the Outage Central page of National Grid’s web site.

 

“Our crews did a tremendous job yesterday and through the night, and we received outstanding support and cooperation from state, county and local first-responders and emergency coordinators,” said Ken Daly, National Grid President, New York.  “There is work still to be done, so our focus remains on completing the task as quickly and safely as possible.”

Daly stressed that safety for the public, emergency responders and restoration crews remains a priority, especially in light of the severe damage done to trees, poles, wires and other equipment across many areas of Central New York.