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WIND STORM CAUSES WIDESPREAD POWER INTERRUPTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oneonta, NY, September 15, 2008 (11:30 a.m.) – High winds associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through the area last night and this morning causing widespread power outages. The heaviest concentration of damage is in Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Oneida and Otsego counties. 

As of 11 a.m., approximately 1,700 NYSEG customers remain without power; down from a peak of about 4,000 customers. NYSEG crews will be restoring customers’ electricity service throughout the day, with power expected to be restored to all customers by midnight tonight.

“The high winds resulted in numerous downed wires. However, due to a quick response from our crews, we believe that we will have power restored to all of our customers by midnight tonight.” said Mark Mahlmeister, NYSEG’s regional operations manager.   

To ensure safety as the restoration effort continues, all downed or low hanging wires should be assumed to be “energized.” People must stay away from any affected wires and keep others away as well to ensure their safety. 

NYSEG is asking customers who have not yet called to report their power out to call 1.800.572.1131.