Hundreds of National Grid crews hit the ground last night and continue to work today responding to down wire calls, assessing damage and restoring service to customers who lost power after a tornado and strong storms with damaging high winds moved across upstate New York yesterday evening.


            The company has successfully restored power to about two thirds of the more than 87,000 customers in upstate New York who lost power due to the storm. The most severe damage was sustained in the Volney and Utica/Rome areas as well as East Syracuse where a state of emergency was declared.


            National Grid anticipates restoring power to 80 percent of those affected by tomorrow morning. The vast majority of customers are expected to be back on by tomorrow night with the remaining customers in the hardest hit regions back by Friday evening. More local restorations times will be available on our outage central web site this evening and through tomorrow.


          “This was a fast moving and very severe storm that came with extremely high winds and caused extensive damage to our electricity system,” said Ken Daly, National Grid President, New York State. “We remain in close contact with local emergency response teams and local officials as we move from damage assessment to restoration efforts today.”


Daly noted that more than 700 line and tree crews are currently dedicated to the restoration effort, with additional resources arriving tonight and tomorrow morning to assist. 


            National Grid is making dry ice available to customers at the following locations:


  • East Syracuse Fire Department #2,148 Sanders Creek Rd., East Syracuse (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Deerfield Fire Department, 5476 Trenton Rd., Deerfield (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Barneveld Fire Department, 8560 Old Poland Rd., Barneveld (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Scriba Fire Department, 5618 NY Route 104, Scriba (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)


            The dry ice will be cut for ease of handling, and can be used to protect food and other perishables.