A crew from Massena Electric Department clears a downed tree from Liberty Avenue, between Ames and Belmont streets. An approximately 50-yard section of Liberty Avenue is closed while they work.
By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- Despite the area being under a high wind advisory until this evening and several downed trees, Massena Electric Department is not seeing large-scale power outages.
“We don’t have any large areas impacted … it’s individual customers,” MED Superintendent Andy McMahon said Friday afternoon.
MED currently has crews on Liberty Avenue between Ames and Belmont streets removing a fallen tree, a similar effort is taking place on state Route 131 near the town beach.
“Hopefully this is the worst of it,” McMahon said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to keep everybody’s lights on.”
McMahon said MED crews are treating the wind storm as a regular work day, there’s no need for extra manpower, and will stay out until any and all issues are resolved.
Burlington-based National Weather Service says the strong winds, which include gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, should subside by 5 p.m. They warn that gusts of that speed can lead to property damage. The affected areas include the St. Lawrence Valley, the northern Adirondacks, and the northern Champlain Valley.