UPDATE | 8:45 p.m.
NYSEG is reporting less than 5 outages across both Erie and Wyoming Counties.
UPDATE | 5:30 p.m.
NYSEG is reporting less than 200 outages in Erie County. About 150 remain without power in Wyoming County.
UPDATE | 4 p.m.
NYSEG is reporting just over 400 power outages in Erie County. About 350 remain without power in Wyoming County, with almost all those outages localized in the town of Bennington.
UPDATE | 2 p.m.
NYSEG is reporting just under 2,500 power outages in Erie County. Hundreds are still without power in Wyoming County.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet that outages are expected to be restored by the end of the day Friday.
UPDATE | 11:30 a.m.
NYSEG is reporting just under 5,000 power outages in Erie County. Hundreds in Wyoming County are still without power.
Friday morning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that all power must be restored as quickly as possible.
Restoration times for some people in both counties is still listed as 11 p.m.
UPDATE | 8:05 a.m.
More than half of the 5,000+ NYSEG outages in Erie County are in West Seneca. In Wyoming County, hundreds remain without power.
Restoration times for some people in both counties are still listed as 11 p.m.
UPDATE | 7:05 a.m.
NYSEG is reporting more than 5,200 power outages in Erie County, and 492 in Wyoming County. For many, it’s estimated to come back by 11 p.m. tonight. Crews are still assessing the situation for others.
UPDATE | 11 p.m.
NYSEG is now reporting just under 14,000 power outages in Erie County.
UPDATE | 8 p.m.
NYSEG is now reporting just under 10,000 power outages in Erie County.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet that the major outage affecting customers in Cheektowaga, Sloan, Depew, and parts of West Seneca is expected to by restored by 10 p.m. Some outages in the area may not be restored until Friday.
National Grid is reporting just over 300 power outages in Erie County. The estimated restoration time for National Grid is 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
UPDATE | 5 p.m.
NYSEG is now reporting just under 13,000 power outages in Erie County.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet 6,000 customers are without power in Cheektowaga, Sloan, Depew and parts of West Seneca due to a transmission line that came down on both National Grid and NYSEG lines. Restoration for those customers is expected by 7:00 PM.
National Grid is now reporting just over 600 outages in Erie County.
UPDATE | 3 p.m.
NYSEG is still reporting just over 15,000 power outages in Erie County, as well as a little over 100 in Wyoming County.
National Grid outages are now reported as below 1,000 throughout all of Western New York, with just over 400 in both Erie and Genesee Counties.
UPDATE | 1 p.m.
NYSEG is now reporting just over 15,000 customers in Erie County without power, and a little over 200 in Wyoming County in the dark.
As for National Grid, their latest report says there are just about 1,400 outages around all of Western New York, mainly in Erie and Genesee Counties. The estimated restoration time National Grid has listed is between 5 and 7 p.m.
UPDATE | 11:30 a.m.
NYSEG power outages have dropped significantly. In Erie County, there are more than 13,000, and another 300 in Wyoming County.
National Grid is reporting around 1,400 outages around western New York.
For some people across the region, restoration times are still being assessed, but for many, it could be back by 7 or 8 p.m. or earlier.
UPDATE | 10 a.m.
There are currently around 20,000 NYSEG and National Grid outages in Erie County. Wyoming County numbers are less than 500.
UPDATE | 8 a.m.
The number of Erie County power outages is back up to nearly 25,000, and restoration times remain under assessment.
In the area of Genesee and Wyoming counties, there are a total of roughly 1,000 outages. For some there, power could be back sometime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and for others, the situation is still being assessed.
NYSEG’s Alexis Arnold joins us on Wake Up | 7:30 a.m.
Alexis Arnold from NYSEG joined us on Thursday morning. At that point, she told us crews were assessing the situation.
UPDATE | 6:25 a.m.
NYSEG outages in Erie County are down to 21,330, but Wyoming County customers are seeing a rise in numbers, now showing more than 1,800. The Wyoming County NYSEG outages are estimated to be resolved by 7:30 a.m. For Erie County NYSEG customers, it’s hard to say when power will return. Crews are still assessing the situation.
National Grid is still reporting around 1,000 outages in Erie County and more than 600 in Wyoming County.
UPDATE | 5:05 a.m.
We’re starting to see a drop in outage numbers for both NYSEG and National Grid customers. As of now, the number of NYSEG customers without power in Erie County is about 25,000. National Grid is reporting less than 1,000 now.
ORIGINAL | 4:30 a.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The icy conditions impacting western New York are resulting in thousands of outages, many of which are in Erie County.
Altogether, NYSEG and National Grid are reporting more than 29,000 outages there. The outages are widespread, but the places seeing the worst of it include Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Sloan and Orchard Park.
Crews are assessing the situation, and restoration times are not yet available for most people. Outage numbers have been continuing to rise as the morning goes on.
Otherwise, there really aren’t a whole lot of outages reported outside of Erie County, but that could change as the day continues.
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