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RG&E Says Progress Made On Power Restoration

TWC News

Rochester Gas & Electric says they have made a lot of progress in restoring power to the thousands of customers left without electricity due to Tuesday's storms.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, power had been restored to 94 percent of the utility's customers.  In Monroe County, about 290 customers were without power, 500 in Wayne County, and 266 in Ontario County.

At the peak of the outages on Tuesday, more than 27,000 RG& E customers had lost power. Check on the latest outages here. Officials at RG&E expect to have everyone restored by the end of the day on Wednesday.

The winds brought down tree branches and power lines throughout the area. Honeoye Falls was particularly hard hit with damage to homes, cars and trees.

 NYSEG also had scattered outages

National Gridalso just over 500 customers without power in Monroe County on Wednesday morning, down from earlier numbers.

Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms. The deaths were reported last night in Smithfield, which is located between Syracuse and Utica. The National Weather Service says investigators will determine if a tornado touched down.

The deceased include a mother and her four-month-old daughter who were in a single family home. Another woman, approximately 70 years old, according to family members, was in a mobile home that was also destroyed. In all, four homes collapsed.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.