Windstorm knocks out power throughout the region

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Thousands of people were without power in the area due to the strong winds Friday. Utility crews had to work on multiple downed power lines because of fallen trees. 

Local tree trimmers said trees that have shallow root systems, plus the high speed winds is the perfect combination for power outages. 

A big tree was uprooted and blocked off Ogden Parma Town Line road from the strong winds. RG&E crews had to rope off the area and block the street with cones to keep anyone away from the powerlines. 

But that wasn’t the only place that utility crews were busy. In Irondequoit off Winsor road a tree knocked out power to 100 homes. 

“When they go like that they don’t make that much noise usually because the wire held it what crunched is the little parts that hit on that,” said Dave Eckert who lives in the neighborhood. 

“We have to wait for rg and e to d energize the power is still going here we have to wait on them to de-energize the line before we can do anything with that,” said Russell Free with Birchcrest Tree and Landscape.

They take extra precaution on days like this because the fierce winds can pose a threat. 

“It’s a little more dangerous if we have to climb a tree and such like that you don’t know what’s going to break or fall down or whatever especially with these big gusts of winds,” said Free. 

Free said that during busy windy days like Friday, work may go all through the next morning.

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