Thousands are without power in CNY due to the heavy wet snow and high winds.

At 10:00 AM, WIBX reported 15,641 customers were without power as per the National Grid website. Here's the breakdown:

  • Oneida County, 14,297
  • Herkimer, 511
  • Madison, 833

National Grid reminds you that weather forecasters are calling for high winds with heavy, wet snow in our region. National Grid warns customers to clear gas vents of snow and ice. Blocked vents can cause the deadly buildup of carbon monoxide. We also remind customers to never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to your local emergency response organization.

You don't realize how much you depend on electricity until you don't have it. Here are some things to do so next time it will be easier. Yes, unfortunately, there will be a next time.

  • If you have no power, then disconnect computers, televisions, and microwaves, to avoid a power surge when electricity is restored.
  • If keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut, food will stay fresh six to nine hours without spoiling. Frozen foods will keep about 24 hours.
  • Have a stockpile of ready to eat food. Things like peanut butter, summer sausage, granola bars, nuts, and water is a good start.
  • Have plenty of flashlights and batteries. Candles are also great but remember they're a fire hazard.
  • Purchase a battery-powered radio for further information from 96.1 The Eagle.
  • Download the 96.1 The Eagle Mobile App. You'll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications for breaking news.
  • Have a car charger for your phone. Use your car to keep your cell phone charged so you can keep in contact with your neighbors and the elderly.
  • During the winter, it's a good idea to keep at least a half of a tank of gas in your car.

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