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The Times
  • National Grid: Tree caused outages, blue flashes a mystery

  • National Grid Friday said a widespread power outage overnight was weather-related, and caused by a tree that fell on a power line just outside the Schuyler substation.



    About 6,000 people in Oneida and Herkimer counties lost power shortly after midnight as a result.

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  • National Grid Friday said a widespread power outage overnight was weather-related, and caused by a tree that fell on a power line just outside the Schuyler substation.
    About 6,000 people in Oneida and Herkimer counties lost power shortly after midnight as a result.
    A company spokeswoman, however, said she had no explanation for the flashes of blue light many people reported seeing at about that time. She said there was no reported fire at the substation and no transformers had blown, as many suggested.
    Based on the weather at the time, however, she suggested the flashes might have been lightning.
    Most people had their power restored within a few hours, but continued windy weather caused additional power outages throughout Friday morning.
    As of 11:30 a.m., almost 500 people were without power in the two counties, primarily in Forestport, New Hartford, Remsen, Trenton, Frankfort, Russia and Schuyler.
    Power was expected to be restored by 1:30 p.m.
    GateHouse News Service
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