National Grid expects power to be back for all tonight


National Grid says it has restored power to 98 percent of its customers following the wind storm that started off the week.

Gusts of 75 mph brought down wires, trees and limbs. Overall, National Grid says 88,000 of its customers were impacted on Sunday and Monday.

More than 1,500 workers were out trying to bring power back across western New York, which was lost mostly in Erie County.

As of 8 a.m., they say about 1,500 customers still did not have power, but the company is working to restore it “hour-by-hour.” There is no specific time when power will be restored for all, but National Grid expects it to be back tonight.

“This was an extremely damaging storm,” Ken Kujawa, National Grid’s western New York regional director, said. “We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as our intensive restoration work continues. We also are grateful for the many police, fire, public works, municipal officials, and other volunteers who did so much to support our customers and our communities.”

National Grid is offering dry ice and bottled water to customers at the following locations:

  • Harlem Road Community Center – 4255 Harlem Rd., Amherst
  • Gloria J. Parks Community Center – 3242 Main St., Buffalo

Anyone who is still having trouble with their electricity can call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.

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