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What you need to know for 01/21/2018

About 6,000 without power in Fulton, Saratoga counties

About 6,000 without power in Fulton, Saratoga counties

Forecasters are expecting wind gusts and spotty rain to continue today, but no flooding is expected.
About 6,000 without power in Fulton, Saratoga counties
A traffic light was knocked down by high winds Monday night at the intersection of Brandywine Avenue and Union Street in Schenectady.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

Power is out for more than 7,000 people in the Capital Region and forecasters are expecting wind gusts and spotty rain to continue today, but no flooding is expected.

Emergency management officials this morning said the freaky storm named Sandy missed the Capital Region for the most part and firefighters -- many who manned their stations through the night -- will be getting some rest.

Montgomery County Board Chairman John Thayer ordered the county's state of emergency lifted at 8 a.m. this morning, and Schoharie County officials were considering shutting down their unused shelter in Middleburgh to ensure Red Cross personnel can direct their attention downstate.

The Hudson River brought record flood stage to Poughkeepsie and inundated some riverside roadways in Albany County -- but Lee said the worst may be over.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight and gusts of between 40 to 50 are possible, Lee said.

Updated numbers

The number of National Grid customers without power by county as of 1 p.m. today:

Albany: 51

Fulton: 3,081

Montgomery: 590

Rensselaer: 287 (plus 932 NYSEG)

Saratoga: 2,650

Schenectady: 92

Schoharie: 663 (plus 117 NYSEG)

Washington: 1,190

"Compared to some other locations, we did get very lucky," Lee said.

"We did have some pretty high wind gusts yesterday but the storm is going to continue to weaken throughout the week. Barring strong winds today, in terms of precipitation, we should be pretty good," Lee said.

Schoharie County Emergency Management Director Kevin Neary said there are a few roads closed in the county where roughly 800 National Grid customers remained without power by 8 a.m.

Most of the power outages, including 104 NYSEG customers, are confined to higher terrain in Summit, Fulton, Jefferson and Conesville.

"I feel sorry for people south of here," Neary said.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow -- who actually starts his official position on Thursday -- said the county fared well throughout the evening.

The county has roughly 1,200 customers without power this morning, most doe to downed power lines and trees down.

The biggest amount of damage is in the western part of the county including Minden and Mohawk.

A travel advisory is in effect in Montgomery County, Schwabrow said, as wind gusts continue to threaten the area.

People in Fulton County are contending with roughly 2,700 power outages spread out in several towns.

At least 100 firefighters manned fire stations throughout the night and responded to downed trees and lines, Fulton County deputy fire coordinator Ralph Palcovic said.

"Things are not as bad as the potential could have been," Palcovic said.

In Schenectady County, National Grid is reporting roughly 45 customers without power by 8 a.m. this morning -- most in the town of Duanesburg.

In Saratoga County, about 1,500 customers are without power.

Columbia County was hit the hardest, without about 2,700 without power.

Many schools throughout Schoharie, Fulton and Montgomery counties are either closed or opening two hours late today.

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