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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Outages for 6:09 pm Saturday:
Power outages reported for thousands across Western NY

Power outages have been reported after the High Wind Warning took effect Saturday afternoon. At 5 p.m., NYSEG is reporting 89 outages impacting more than 8,100 customers in the Buffalo area, eight outages impacting nearly 3,800 customers in the Niagara Falls area, and 11 outages impacting more than 1,400 people in the Southern Tier.

At 5 p.m., National Grid reported 325 outages impacting more than 37,000 customers. National Grid said it has "increased staffing, extended evening and overnight work shifts and is closely monitoring weather forecasts" as the storm develops throughout the day.

NYSEG is pre-staging more than 800 line and tree crews statewide in preparation for the storm. National Grid is implementing its comprehensive emergency response plan, which includes using outside resources, pre-staging crews in areas expected to be the most affected, and calling life support and critical facility customers to make sure they are prepared.

To make sure everyone is safe, people are reminded to notify National Grid of power outages, never touch down power lines and report them to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or 911.

National Grid is also reminding people that generators must be run outside to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide. People must also disconnect from National Grid's system by shutting off the main breaker to ensure your neighbor's and crews' safety when using a generator.

Make sure to use caution when driving by crews or emergency responders, and check with neighbors, especially those who may need assistance during an outage. People who depend on electrically powered life should register as life support customers by calling National Grid at 1-800-642-4272.

To get text message alerts about a power outage on your property test "REG" to 64743, you can also report an outage by texting "OUT" to that same number. The National Grid's Outage Central web page provides more information about outages.

NYSEG will provide updates throughout the event to the general public on their website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). Customers should also sign up for outage alerts and download the NYSEG mobile app to get the most up-to-date information.
Source: Ch. 2 News Buffalo NY

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