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November 4, 2013

High winds caused outages, property damage

PLATTSBURGH — Heavy winds toppled trees and power lines across the North Country Friday into Saturday, leading to property damage and widespread power outages.

More than 8,600 NYSEG customers and 18,000 National Grid customers across Northern New York experienced service disruptions as a result of the severe conditions, according to news releases from the organizations. By Sunday all were reported to have power restored.

For Bruce Wilkins of Peru, the winds not only cut his home’s power, but knocked a 50-foot tree into his front yard. Though Wilkins and his wife, Mary Jane, were away from the home when the tree came down, he said it was still a sight to see and a good example of the wind’s strength.

“It was a clean pull, pulled the whole root system out of the ground,” Wilkins said.

Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said fire departments across the county responded to multiple reports of fallen trees, though Day said property damage caused by the trees was minimal and there were no storm-related injuries reported.

“There were a number of roads closed, but mostly just for short term, probably an hour or two at the most,” Day said.

In Essex County, multiple roads were blocked but no roads were closed completely according to Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish.

“As far as our county goes, we had minimal damage,” Jaquish said.

According to Jaquish, the only major property damage in the county was a transformer fire Friday night at the High Peaks Rest Area near North Hudson.

Chief Brian Caza of the North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department said there was no damage to the rest area and that the fire was quickly put out after National Grid cut power to the transformer.

The effects of the wind in Franklin County were typical for the weather conditions according to John Bashaw II, deputy director at Franklin County Emergency Services.

“It was just normal windstorm damage, downed trees and power lines,” he said.

The Franklin County emergency office received no reports of major property damage or storm-related injuries, Bashaw said, and any road blockage was cleared quickly.

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