and JOE LoTEMPLIO PLATTSBURGH — The powerful storm that slammed the region kept utility crews busy, but they expected all power to be restored by this morning."We're progressing nicely so far," New York State Electric & Gas spokeswoman Amy Kennedy said midday Tuesday, after crews had restored power to about 400 of an estimated 1,400 customers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties who were still out Tuesday morning."We'll continue to do the best that we can, and we expect all the power to be back on" by today, Kennedy said.The storm brought thick snow and heavy winds across upstate New York Sunday and Monday, knocking down power lines and trees.White and orange utility trucks patrolled Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties Tuesday, cutting down hanging lines and working to restore power.NYSEG warned residents to keep away from any downed power lines.As of early afternoon Tuesday, National Grid still had 1,689 Essex County residents without power.Officials anticipated the power would be fully restored by today after crews worked throughout the day Tuesday.National Grid asked any customers without power in Franklin County to call 1-800-867-5222 to report their outage.
In Jay, town officials set up a kitchen to feed the 200 or so people who remained without power as of Tuesday afternoon.Several women from the AuSable Forks Fire Department Auxiliary and other volunteers made sandwiches, hot dogs and soup for those without power."I know a lot of people don't like to leave their homes when the power is out, but even if they just want to come down here for an hour and get something hot to eat and drink it will be a relief," volunteer Linda Whisher said."That's what we are here for."The town also made arrangements with the American Red Cross to put people up in hotels if necessary.Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said the town would open a shelter if needed.He said firefighters from the AuSable Forks, Jay and Upper Jay fire departments hand delivered notices to residents without power."We just wanted to notify them of what we have available for them," Douglas said.By early evening, the number without power was down to about 40 in Jay.
As the significant snowfall ended overnight Monday, slushy conditions Tuesday morning sent a number of drivers sliding off roads.Most roads across the tri-county area were plowed and heavily sanded to help drivers with their commute.