BINGHAMTON – NYSEG, the utility serving Otsego County, is preparing for high winds and rain across the region Friday afternoon and into the evening. Customers may experience service disruptions, the utility reported.
The storm is expected to strike most of the NYSEG’s Central New York footprint.
Current forecasts call for isolated storms to begin Friday afternoon and continue into the evening. The storms are expected to bring rain and winds, with gusts potentially reaching upwards of 50 mph. The strong winds, combined with rain, have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.
Twenty-four hours after a tornado hammered Otsego County, knocking down trees and creating hundreds of outages, 728 customers are still without power this hour, NYSEG reports.
Most of the outages were in the county’s northwest quadrant, from Fly Creek north to Springfield and west to Edmeston.
While restorations are progressing as quickly and safely as possible, the county said, there are still “a few isolated customers” in Otsego County, as well as Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Schoharie and Ulster counties.
ONEONTA – Thomas E. Porteus, 86, a NYSEG retiree with a lifelong commitment to 4H, including as a judge at the Otsego County Fair, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020 at Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Aug. 1, 1933 in Milford, the son of James and Fanny (Potter) Porteus. Tom graduated from Milford High School, and was an Army veteran. He married Lois Thompson on Nov. 1, 1958 in Oneonta.
ONEONTA – NYSEG is scheduled to perform emergency transformer repairs this afternoon on Market Street, shutting off power to the south side of Main Street from Grand Street to the Otsego County Office Building, and the entirety of South Main Street, according to a message sent by City Hall.
NYSEG is preparing for a wintry mix of rain, ice and some snow associated with incoming storms expected to hit Otsego County and other parts of its service areas tonight through Monday. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions.
In addition to Oneonta, the company expects impacts ranging from Liberty in the south,through the Capital Region, and north to Plattsburgh.
ONEONTA – Neighbors in the vicinity of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, a half-block from Fox Hospital, are back in their homes after construction crews on the water-main replacement ruptured a primary natural gas line.
The 9:15 a.m. accident sent a plume of gas 100 feet into the air, according to eyewitness Michael Forster Rothbart. “I thought it was smoke,” he said. “It looked like the Red Door church was on fire.”
Oneonta Police and Fire Departments and NYSEG rushed to the scene, immediately shutting off the gas line, evacuating residents “two houses in” from Main Street” in a 10-block area, according to Mayor Gary Herzig.
ONEONTA – NYSEG’s Oneonta Division, which includes all of Otsego County, is one of five divisions the utility is monitoring closely with Storm Harper’s “significant snowfall and a wintry mix of precipitation” predicted to begin by 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).
“Snow accumulation could bring tree limbs into contact with power lines or make for hazardous travel conditions,” NYSEG said in a press release. The other divisions extend from Brewster in the lower Hudson Valley to Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border.
COOPERSTOWN – 63 households in Pittsfield and 103 across the county are without power following last night’s snowstorm, according to NYSEG.
Six inches of snow fell in the Richfield Springs area, with temperatures currently around 32 degrees. In Jordanville, all 38 NYSEG customers are without power. In Cooperstown, five households remain without power, and in Springfield Center, 10 homes.