Power back on for 6,000 in Northern Berkshire hit by storm-related outage

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The lights are back on for about 6,000 Northern Berkshire residents who lost power during Thursday night's strong thunderstorm.

The National Grid customers lost power about 8:30 p.m. when a tree fell across two large power lines on B Street in North Adams. Those lines feed the Williamstown substation, located in Adams, said Amie O'Hearn, a spokeswoman for the utility.

About 3,400 of the customers were reconnected within three hours of the storm. The rest were connected by 2 a.m. Friday, she said.

Many parts of New York and areas of Vermont did not fare so well.

By 11 a.m., 275 customers were still without power in the Vermont towns of Jamaica and Winhall.

Eastern and Central New York suffered the brunt of storm-related power outages.

National Grid reported 1,627 customers without power in Rensselaer County as of 1 p.m. — down from 2,600 earlier on Friday.

2,846 customers in Saratoga County, 881 in Albany County, 7,762 in Washington County and 1,390 in Schenectady County remain without power.

The total number of National Grid customers without power in upstate New York dropped from 29,300 at 9 a.m. on Friday to 19,253 by Friday afternoon.

Reach staff writer Patricia LeBoeuf at 413-496-6247 or @BE_pleboeuf.


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