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WIND STORM CAUSES WIDESPREAD POWER INTERRUPTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Auburn, NY, September 15, 2008 (11:30 a.m.) – Severe winds that have buffeted the area since early this morning have caused widespread damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system, leaving 3,886 of the company’s Auburn Division* customers without power at one time or another. While service has been restored to some of the affected customers, there are still 3,120 customers in the Auburn Division currently without power. NYSEG expects the majority of customers to have service restored by midnight Monday. Some customers in more isolated and heavily damaged areas may not have their power restored until midnight Tuesday. The hardest hit areas include the Towns of Aurelius, Brutus, Elbridge, Fleming, Owasco, Springport, Throop and VanBuren; the Village of Union Springs and the City of Auburn.

“We really appreciate the support we have received in going about our work, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” said Judy Schroeder, NYSEG’s director of regional operations.   

NYSEG urges customers to stay far away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations.