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      Storms that may have spawned tornado leave thousands in dark across Upstate NY

      Thousands of homes and business are in the dark tonight due to the severe storms that swept through the region late in the afternoon and into the early evening. This is the string of storms that may have spawned a tornado in West Winfield, Herkimer County and led to a State of Emergency being declared in Madison County.

      New York State Electric and Gas is reporting nearly 6,000 customers are without electricity as of 9:00 pm tonight. The areas hit the hardest are the towns of Brookfield, Hamilton and Lebanon in Madison County. And, the towns of Smyrna, Otselic and Sherburne in Chenango County. Nearly 75% of NYSEG's customers in a small section of Herkimer County are in the dark.

      National Grid as another 550 homes without power in Herkimer County mostly just south and east of Little Falls. National Grid is also working to restore power by midnight to just over 800 homes in Oswego County.

      Most of the estimates for power being restored are near midnight, although in the heaviest hit areas assessments are still being done before the utilities can provide a reasonable estimate for restoring the power.


      NYSEG reports:

      Madison County 2459 customers out. 890 in Brookfield. 636 in Hamilton. 346 Lebanon. 252 Earlville.

      Chenango County 1591 customers out. 571 in Smyrna. 414 Otselic. 343 Sherburne.

      Herkimer County 1415 out. That's 75% of NYSEG's customers in Herkimer County.

      Oneida County 235 out.

      NATIONAL GRID reports:

      Herkimer County 545 customers out.

      Oswego County 829 customers out. Estimate restoration just before midnight.

      Thousands more outages further east including Fulton, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.