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AVANGRID updates power restoration details

Mar 2, 2017

AVANGRID, the corporate parent of RG&E and NYSEG, say that they continue to make repairs after Wednesday night’s strong winds that topped 60 mph at times.

As of early Thursday evening, about 8,000 customers from the two utilities were without power.

The companies expect to restore power to more than half of the storm-related outages in the affected areas by late Thursday night; with the remaining services to be restored by Friday night.

Approximately 75,000 customers of NYSEG and RG&E lost power at some point since the winds began building on Wednesday evening.

”This storm has caused significant damage to our electricity delivery system. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we have worked through the day to make the system safe and restore power” said Mark Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Our top priority is to keep our crews and the public safe.”

Customers can get the latest outage counts; outage locations by county, municipality and streets/roads; and estimated restoration times (as they are available) on the companies’ websites: 

http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html

or http://www.nyseg.com/outages/outageinformation.HTML

Estimated times for restoration may also change if continuing stormy weather delays progress or causes further outages.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Mayor Lovely Warren announced that the Red Cross opened the David F. Gantt Center at 700 North Street, Rochester Thursday evening as a shelter for families and individuals without electricity.

Those wishing to utilize the shelter should contact the Red Cross at 585-241-4400.