Thousands without power, downed trees scatter Central New York


(WKTV) - Thousands were without power overnight in Central New York as Hurricane Sandy's effects reached the Mohawk Valley.

In many cases, downed tress have fallen on power lines, causing the outages. There are numerous reports of fallen trees across the region.

In Oneida County, nearly 1,500 customers were without power. Floyd had nearly 600 National Grid customers in the dark. Other hard-hit areas were Florence, Vienna and the City of Rome. There were less than a dozen in the City of Utica.

Herkimer County had more than 1,500 customers in the dark in the early-morning hours of Tuesday. The towns of Stark, Danube, Herkimer and Little Falls were the hardest hit.

Otsego had nearly 1,500 people without power early in the evening, but crews seemed to respond quickly. Nearly 300 remained in the dark by Tuesday morning.

It is unclear if more power outages will take place as the early morning progresses. There are instances where some houses report being without power, but National Grid has not been able to respond and may not yet be aware.

5.8 million residents were without power across the northeast early Tuesday morning, many of whom are in New York City.

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