The Putnam Examiner

Nor’easter Forecasted for Wednesday; High Winds, Snow Possible

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Just as the region begins to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there is a nor’easter storm that is expected to bring rain, high winds and the possibility of snow beginning on morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7, according to the National Weather Service.

It issued a warning that a high wind watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 miles per hour and may hit 60 miles an hour in certain areas.

“A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event,” the National Weather Service warns. “Winds of this magnitude will be capable of producing downed trees and power lines…as well as minor property damage.”

The forecast also calls for rain on Wednesday that may change over to snow in between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

NYSEG, which as of Monday still had 3,900 outages in Putnam from the damage incurred from Hurricane Sandy, expects to customers will have power restored by midnight Wednesday, November 7.

NYSEG attributes many of the outages suffered in Westchester and Putnam to the 776 broken utility poles it had in the downstate service area. More than 550 line and tree crews, from as far away as Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota, have worked to help restore power. More crews are being added as they are released from utilities and contractors across the country and from Canada.

“As the restoration work progresses, NYSEG is closely watching a developing storm system that may bring rain, snow and wind to the region on Wednesday and Thursday. The company’s emergency planners are preparing for the possible impacts from this storm,” a release said on the NYSEG website.

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