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Power outage in Columbia County affects almost 8,500

COLUMBIA COUNTY - The power is back on in Columbia County after an outage caused almost 8,500 customers to lose electricity Wednesday morning.

The outage impacted people in Claverack, Greenport and the city of Hudson.

The Hudson City School District was forced to close and send students home for the day.

National Grid restored power around 11am.  Officials say a faulty piece of equipment was to blame.