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Geneva, NY, September 15, 2008 (10 a.m.) – Severe winds that have buffeted the area since early this morning have caused widespread damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery system, leaving approximately 12,000 of the company’s Geneva Division* customers without power at one time or another. While service has been restored to some of the affected customers, there are still 9,600 customers in the Geneva Division currently without power. Because of the severity of the damage – including broken poles and multiple downed wires – NYSEG expects some customers to be without power until midnight on Tuesday. The hardest hit areas include the Towns of Arcadia, Fayette, Galen, Gorham, Italy, Junius, Lyons, Manchester, Middlesex, Palmyra, Phelps, Seneca Falls, Tyre, Varick and Waterloo and the Villages of Clifton Springs, Newark, Lyons, Macedon and Seneca Falls.

“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.