(WKTV) - At the height of the July 8th storms, nearly 83,000 homes were without power. Some people were without power for two days while others had their lights back on within hours.
Virginia Limmiatis, Media Relations from the National Grid, says that is because they are prepared for storms.
"We keep a close eye on the changes in weather patterns and forecasts early on before a storm hits. So we can anticipate any areas that will be harder hit."
They do this by having a close relationship with the National Weather Service. By keeping an eye on the weather, National Grid positions crews according to the forecast. Limmiatis says they try to mobilize crews in areas where they believe will be hardest hit.
National Grid isn't the only one keep tabs on the forecast, local road crews, like the Deerfield Highway Department. Sam Arcuri Jr, Deerfield Highway Superintendent says they are ready for when the storm hits. "depending on how far in advance we know, we will get equipment ready to go." Unfortunately, they were not anticipating a tornado to strike Deerfield.
Luckily with the Shared Services program in Oneida County, they were able to use equipment from other highway departments. It is important for local agencies and meteorologist to work together and closely when severe weather strikes to make the clean up go smoothly and swiftly.