BENNINGTON — Thousands of residents in southern Vermont and eastern New York lost electricity after powerful thunderstorms swept through the region Thursday night, downing trees and branches that snapped poles and power lines.
The storm interrupted service to several thousand customers in Bennington County, according to Green Mountain Power. A few hundred are still without power on Friday morning. In parts of Rensselaer and Washington New York Counties, National Grid reports hundreds are still without electricity.
Thunderstorms with high winds caused about 30,000 outages statewide, said Dotty Schnure, spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power. Power outages affected about 6,600 customers in Bennington County. By 11 a.m. there were still 275 customers without power in Jamaica and Winhall.
“We had crews working throughout the night and we brought on extra crews,” Schnure said. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but there was a lot of damage.”
At 9 a.m., National Grid reported outages scattered across Upstate New York, from Syracuse east to the Vermont state line, that left 29,300 customers without power. That number had dropped to 26,000 by 11 a.m.
In Rensselaer County, about 2,600 are without power, according to the National Grid Outage Central website. That includes about 1,000 in Hoosick and 1,400 in the village of Hoosick Falls. About 7,900 are without power in Washington County: 820 in White Creek, 669 in Cambridge, and 909 in the village of Cambridge.
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