The National Grid website reports wide-spread power outages in both the City of Utica, New Hartford and New York Mills. The total number is somewhere above 5,000 and crews are working to correct the problem.
Update (8:11 a.m.): The time that the problems will be resolved has been extended to Noon and more towns and villages have been added. However, some customers have had power restored.
Update (10:48 a.m.) - Power is now expected to be restored in Herkimer County by 2:00 p.m. and in Oneida County by 3:00 p.m.
Thousands are waking up without power this morning across Central New York. The areas most
We all complain about our utility bills, but when emergencies happen, we're glad to have those hard working people on the job. Case in point - this morning, when we lost power in New Hartford at about 6:45 a.m. in that terrible thunderstorm. I called National Grid to report the power outage, and they said it would be restored around 9:00 a.m.
Well, today started a bit out of the ordinary in the McShea household...no power. Our entire neighborhood was without power, so that means I saw a lot of people going to work in wet hair (no electric hairdryer), no commuter mug of coffee from home (no microwave or electric stove working), and disconnecting the electric garage door opener hinge to manually raise the garage door to get our cars out.