Governor Cuomo reacts to severe weather and power outages

OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nearly 1,500 residents are without power in Otsego County as of Saturday afternoon, due to severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region over the past two days.

In other counties around the viewing area, 441 customers are in the dark in Madison County and a handful of outages are being reported in Herkimer County, mostly in the town of Manheim.

Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the mass outages in the southern tier New York State. He said,"Storms on Thursday night and Friday night produced high winds that knocked out power to tens of thousands of New Yorkers. NYSEG customers in Binghamton, Elmira, Oneonta, Ithaca, Liberty and Mechanicville were among those hardest hit and company officials predicted that some customers will be out of service for multiple days."

"In order to speed up the restoration process, last night I secured crews from the Long Island Power Authority to assist NYSEG in the effort to restore power as quickly as possible. Twenty LIPA crews are now in the field assisting NYSEG, bringing the total number of line and forestry crews currently working to restore power to 301."

"In addition, I have directed the Public Service Commission staff to survey the restoration efforts and the extent of the damage. Commission staff is working directly with NYSEG officials to ensure that there are no impediments or bottlenecks that could prevent speedy restoration of electric service, and has coordinated with other utilities to bring additional resources to bear as they become available."

Severe weather that include torrential rain and very strong winds hit the region twice, both on Thursday and then on Friday night. Many customers were without power all day Friday from the Thursday storm, with the situation made worse by the new storms Friday night.

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