Brisk winds caused trouble in the region on Thursday, with more than 10,000 local residents without electricity for at least part of the day as trees and wires were brought down for the second time in a week.
The towns of Queensbury, Bolton, Lake George and Moreau and village of South Glens Falls were hardest hit by outages that began in the early morning. National Grid predicted restoration would not occur for many until Thursday evening.
A tree that fell on a power line off Burke Drive in Queensbury was blamed for knocking more than 1,700 customers out in that area, while schools in Queensbury and South Glens Falls ran on backup generators for hours.
As of early afternoon Thursday, National Grid outages in Warren County amounted to nearly 5,200 without power, Saratoga County 2,600 and Washington County 400.
NYSEG dealt with about 1,000 customers in Hebron who lost power Thursday afternoon, but they were back on as of mid-afternoon.
Bolton Central School did not open Thursday because of multiple outages in town that started around 4 a.m.
The day of wind, damage and darkness was the second time in little more than a week that high winds wreaked havoc in the region. A similar weather pattern last week caused thousands of outages as well.
Most of the traffic lights in South Glens Falls were out for several hours, prompting village police officers Phil Lindsey and David Gifford to take turns directing at busy intersections, while South Glens Falls firefighters assisted at intersections as well. Portable stop signs had been set up at many four-way intersections as well.
“They are telling us this one could last a while,” Lindsey said of the outage.
Most of the South Glens Falls area had power restored as of early afternoon.
National Grid spokesman Nathan Stone said extensive outages in the western part of the state tied up National Grid crews there so the company had less help to call in from outside the region.
“We couldn’t really pull crews from the west because they are pretty busy too,” he said.
Routes 9N in Bolton and 9L in Lake George were closed for parts of Thursday because of trees and wires that were downed by winds.
A widespread outage that hit the Cambridge area Wednesday afternoon was repaired overnight, and Washington County’s problems were confined mainly to Fort Ann as of late Thursday morning.
In all, National Grid was dealing with nearly 80,000 customers across New York who lost power, most of them in the western part of the state. Other utilities were hit as well, with more than 200,000 homes and businesses around the state in the dark as of early afternoon.
The National Weather Service measured wind gusts approaching 40 mph in Hudson Falls, Granville and Saratoga Springs on Thursday.
Gusty winds are expected to continue today as colder weather moves in for the weekend.