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>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
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NYSEG CONTINUING TO MAKE EXCELLENT PROGRESS IN RESTORING POWER IN EASTERN NEW YORK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clifton Park, NY, February 25, 2010 (6 a.m.) – Approximately 6,000 customers in NYSEG’s Eastern New York service area are currently without power as a result of damage to the company’s electricity delivery system from the winter storm that struck the area Wednesday night and Thursday. At peak, over 20,000 NYSEG customers in Eastern New York were without power.
Of those customers who do not have service, approximately 4,600 are in NYSEG’s Mechanicville Division (all or parts of Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties) and approximately 900 are in the company’s Liberty Division (all or parts of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties).
NYSEG expects to have power restored to most customers by midnight tonight. However, additional power outages may occur as a result of the severe winter storm that is predicted to hit the area today and into Friday.