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The Latest: Utility calls storm among worst in 50 years

March 3, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a powerful nor’easter that swept across New York state (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A utility is calling the nor’easter that struck New York State one of the most powerful storms to hit its customers in a half century.

Central Hudson made the claim Saturday as it informed customers it had already restored electricity to over half of the nearly 110,000 customers who lost power in Friday’s storm. It said it hoped to have most power restored by Wednesday.

They were among over 200,000 customers across the state grappling with a power loss. The hardest hit area, measured by power outages, was Westchester County, where about 80,000 homes lacked power.

Con Edison, which is trying to reconnect nearly 60,000 customers, says outages resulted when high winds and heavy snow damaged the overhead electrical-delivery system. NYSEG was also trying to reconnect thousands of customers there.

4 p.m.

Three major New York airports are continuing to recover from a storm that forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights a day earlier.

Nearly 500 flights were cancelled at Kennedy Airport on Friday when the fierce storm pummeled the state with high winds, rain and snow throughout the day.

The airport reported that another 70 flights were cancelled by early Saturday. Travelers were warned to leave extra time and to check flight status before heading to the airport.

By Saturday afternoon, LaGuardia Airport had average delays of less than 15 minutes. Newark Airport, where over 500 flights were cancelled Friday, reported Saturday afternoon that some arriving flights were delayed an average of 45 minutes due to high winds.

3 p.m.

Tens of thousands of people remain without electricity after a powerful storm swept across New York State.

The nor’easter continues to cause travel delays a day after it hammered the region on Friday, causing some of the worst damage since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The storm knocked out Amtrak service between Washington D.C. and New York before it was restored Saturday morning. Other train lines were similarly affected.

Winds up to 50 mph combined with rain, sleet and snow to leave large portions of the state damaged. Some areas were hit with up to 3 inches of rain while others were doused with nearly 2 feet of snow.

Nearly 60,000 homes were without power in Westchester County and almost 40,000 more lost electricity in Rockland County.

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11:40 a.m.

Westchester County’s executive is angry at a utility’s response to the severe storm that swept through his county.

Executive George Latimer says NYSEG stopped responding to emails and phone calls, becoming totally unresponsive during Friday’s storm.

He says in a release that it was deplorable how the company responded as thousands of Westchester residents slept in homes with no heat, power or hot water. He says some even had downed live wires around them.

NYSEG did not immediately answer messages seeking comment.

The utility used Twitter Saturday to tell its customers that repairs were taking longer due to the amount of damage that occurred. The utility says it will provide restoration times as soon as they become available.

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