ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The high winds associated with a dangerous winter storm have been blasting for days, resulting in thousands of power outages throughout the Rochester region and Western New York over the Christmas weekend.
The good news: After a peak of 40,000 without power — and technical difficulties affecting RG&E’s website sporadically — the numbers have dropped. The area got back under 10,000 by late Friday night. Saturday morning and early afternoon, harsh winds temporarily increased the number of those without power, but lights continued to turn back on into Saturday night.
As of 7 p.m. Sunday, RG&E reports Monroe County has about 1,100 outages, with other nearby counties back online. For customers of the National Grid, there are about 200 in Monroe County still without power, and 500 in Orleans County.
If you’re a Rochester Gas and Electric customer, click here for the latest outage numbers and expected restoration times.
If you’re in the National Grid service area, you can check here.
If the website is down and an outage needs to be reported, the company is encouraging people to call 1-800-743-1701 to report the outage.
The storm poses extreme challenges to those without power, as the temperatures plunge to below zero (with wind chills) and remain frigid through Christmas. Get a live look at the forecast any time for your area here.