More wind, more power outages in Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties

March 09, 2017 07:21 PM

QUEENSBURY - Another day, another wind-related power outage.

And here at a busy intersection on Aviation Road, a reminder of how much we rely on electricity.

With the traffic light out, nearly every car and even a bus or two, was breaking the law, failing to treat the broken light as an all-way stop.

"Motorists feel that they're on the main road and the side roads should yield to them. And that's not the case," said Sgt. Andrew Prestigiacomo, who heads up the Saratoga Springs Police Department traffic safety unit. "Everybody from every direction has to come to a complete stop."

Prestigiacomo says a light's power failure shouldn't mean our brakes fail.

With all the wind-related outages lately, police can't keep up with the malfunctioning lights.

Same for National Grid.

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Two days of gusting winds in less than a week, both knocking down trees and poles, has tree and utility crews scrambling.

"We've got a lot of broken poles. It was pretty substantial wind. It wasn't just a breeze that came through. It was some pretty bad winds," said Nate Stone, a National Grid media relations representative.

National Grid says this area, with fewer than 8,000 still out Thursday afternoon, was better off than Western New York where more than 100,000 lost power.

And they're hoping we've seen the worst of an usual week-long stretch of potentially dangerous winds.

"This time of year, beginning of March, end of February to have this kind of event happen within seven days is unique," said Stone.



Mark Mulholland

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