More than 25,000 households and businesses in Western New York lost power overnight after a blustery snowstorm brought down trees and power lines.
Hardest hit was Cattaraugus County where Friday morning more than 13,000 National Grid and NYSEG customers had no power. A travel advisory was in effect for all of Cattaraugus County as crews worked to clear fallen trees and restore power.
"Everyone is working as hard as they can to get power restored throughout the county," Cattaraugus County emergency officials posted on Facebook Friday morning at about 9:30 a.m. "We have requested additional power crews to assist our local crews. The problem is beyond the typical lines down, so it will take longer than usual to get everyone back up and running. We're trying as hard as we can to get everyone power as soon as we safely can do so. We'll keep you updated with any pertinent information."
National Grid warned that it may take until midnight Saturday to restore power.
On Thursday, NYSEG announced it was getting its storm readiness teams ready to deal with downed power lines and asked customers who rely on life-sustaining electrically powered equipment to contact them.
National Grid warned customers to never touch downed power lines and to report them to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or local emergency officials. NYSEG customers are asked to call 1-800-572-1131 to report downed lines.