Nearly 1,000 wake up without power in Potsdam area after severe thunderstorm downs many trees
Updated at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday
POTSDAM — At least 5,000 customers were affected by power outages caused by the storm Tuesday which struck the area around 4:45 p.m., according to National Grid’s power outage map.National Grid was reporting around 1,000 of its customers still without power at of 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Crews were still assessing conditions in most areas with no time of restoration announced.
Most of the outages in the county are around Potsdam, Norwood, West Stockholm, Parishville, Colton and Crary Mills areas.
The storm ripped through the area with featured high winds, driving rain, hail and lightning.
The storm toppled many trees in some areas, with road crews already cleaning up the damage in Potsdam and other locations.
The weather service urged local residents to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building due to the severity of the storm..
The weather service said St. Lawrence County residents could expect, in addition to the thunderstorm potential today, reduced visibilities due to smoke and haze from wildfires out west. This could also lead to decreased air quality, National Weather Service said.