ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. (WRGB) - Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy issued a travel advisory to take effect immediately. The move comes amid dangerous gusts of wind that have knocked down trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages.
“As these damaging winds continue, some reaching 50 mph in the Hilltowns and 53 mph and even higher in Albany, I encourage residents to use every precaution possible to ensure their safety while traveling,” said McCoy. “While power is being returned to many customers, there are still about 7,000 outages that must be resolved. Please assume any downed power lines are live and should be avoided and check on older neighbors when possible.”
Most roadways that are closed now are secondary roads, with the exception of Carmen Road in the Town of Guilderland. Officials say downed trees that have not been removed could still make commutes dangerous and drivers should use extreme caution.
If you lose power and you are a National Grid customer, you can call 800-867-5222 or visit this National Grid link.