High Winds Cause Power Outages, Restrict Bridge Traffic
High winds caused power outages in spots across the north country Friday, and forced officials to restrict traffic on the Thousand Islands bridge.
According to the National Grid website, as of about 5 p.m. Friday, there were about 1,400 customers without power in Jefferson County, down from a high of 2,100.
Most of them are in the towns of Clayton and Alexandria.
More than 4,000 customers were without power in St. Lawrence County, including hundreds in the town and village of Canton, town of Pierrepont and the town of Fine.
At one point, among those without electricity were the St. Lawrence County offices in Canton, which were running on emergency power.
After-school activities, including sports, were cancelled in Canton.
No one was hurt when a newly installed tin roof at the home of Peter and Leisa Ward at 923 Ferris Road in Lawrenceville was peeled off by the high winds.
Some of the debris landed in a nearby tree and across the road in a field.
Around 5 customers were without power in Lewis County.
Estimates for when power will be restored vary, but most outages should be cleared up by 10 p.m.
Just before noon, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority restricted RVs, buses and empty trailers from crossing the Thousand Islands bridge, along with commercial vehicles weighing less than 60,000 pounds. (The restrictions were lifted just after 6 p.m. Friday.)
According to the National Weather Service, Potsdam recorded a peak wind gust of 61 miles per hour early Friday afternoon.
Massena Airport reported a gust of 60 miles per hour.
The Watertown airport recorded a top wind of 50 miles per hour late Friday morning.
In the meantime, a high wind warning is in effect for Lewis and Jefferson counties. That expires at 7 p.m.
A similar warning for St. Lawrence County ends at 8 p.m.
National Grid officials say crews are ready to deal with any outages as they happen.
Outages can be reported at the website above or by calling 1-800-867-5222.
Sunday, March 9, 2014, Watertown, NY
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