Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Storm knocks out trees and power to some, leaves others alone

The severe lightening and wind storm on Saturday night which arrived a about 8:30 p.m. left a vast power outage in parts of Wayne County for approximately 12 hours. Roughly 4,000 RG&E Customers were affected. A cause was not given, but was considered to be heavy winds and lightening strikes. RG&E reported the hardest hit areas of Wayne County included the Ontario/Walworth, Williamson and Marion areas. Adjacent Macedon did not even see branches or leaves displaced.

Residents along Route 441 in Walworth reported a transformer explosion which also caused a field fire. Several transformer burn-out were noted in and around the 441 corridor.

Ironically, the rains and winds affected select areas. In the Gananda development, located in both the Towns of Walworth and Macedon, several trees were downed and limbs and clean-up followed. Less than a mile away on Canandaigua Road in Macedon, Town Supervisor Bill Hammond said they had the rain but the heavy winds nearby did not affect his farm.

Time Warner Cable, which was also out for about 15 hours over Saturday and Sunday, reported that the RG&E power outage was also responsible for the cable and internet outage.

“When we (Time Warner Cable) lose power, it shuts down our signal also,” explained spokesperson Joli Plucknette-Farmen. “The outage from about 8:30 pm until noon on Sunday was entirely power-related, she added. She did report that a subsequent outage in the Walworth area on Monday of about 2-1/2 hours was, however, due to a tree uprooting, and affected cable and Road Runner service from about 5:30-7:00 a.m.

On Sunday night, heavy rains blanketed the eastern part of the County. One State Trooper reported that the heavy, quick downpour in Lyons had several storm drains actually shooting water up several inches.

The rain put a damper on the Clyde Festival forcing the cancellation of this year’s firework display.