Power outages reported in Colton, Ogdensburg, Fine areas but wind damage limited
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 2:45 pm

By CRAIG FREILICH

It’s very windy today, and St. Lawrence County Director of Emergency Services Joe Gilbert says there are “a few lines down,” but no major outages so far as heavy winds buffet the North Country.

But there is an area south of Colton that has suffered some power interruption, and about 17 customers in Ogdensburg around Green Street are without power. A handful of customers in the Fine area of southern St. Lawrence County were also without power, but it was expected to be fixed before dark.

Gilbert emphasized that the lines that are down “could be cable, could be telephone, could be power lines – the only way to be sure is to touch them, so don’t.”

The National Weather Service is maintaining its High Wind Warning for the St. Lawrence Valley through 7 p.m. tonight, warning of winds gusting to as high as 55 or maybe even 65 mph.

There were separate power line breaks reported by National Grid in the Colton area affecting about 720 customers, near Higley Flow State Park, and near Joe Indian Pond, according to the company’s outage web page, which early this afternoon indicated they thought power would be restored by 5 p.m., but the sites had gone from the web map by 2 p.m.

Gilbert says there is no particular concentration of damage due to wind so far, that it appears to be “evenly spread” around the count.