With the snow still falling, National Grid is reporting that at 4:00 pm, 4,972 customers have experienced power loss. The biggest chunk of people without power are in the city (2,374) and Cicero (1,476 people). The good news is power is expected to be restored sometime early tonight.
In other parts of Central New York, National Grid is reporting about 8,000 people are without power in Oneida County. Oswego County has about 800 people without power.
If you have lost power or want to check the status of when you'll get power back, you can report it to National Grid here.
It's important that you treat every downed power line you see as one that is still carrying electricity. It's important that you call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to your local emergency response organization ASAP if you see that.
Other important tips from National Grid include:
- If an outage occurs, disconnect sensitive appliances, such as computers, televisions, and microwaves, to avoid potential power surge damage when electricity is restored.
- Leave a light switch on that will let you know when the power is back on.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut—food will stay fresh six to nine hours in a refrigerator without spoiling. Frozen foods will keep about 24 hours.
- Keep warm! But burn only wood or newspapers in your fireplace or woodstove.