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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: Entire region should be restored by end of Wednesday

While thousands were without power on New Years Day – as folks started 2019 – hundreds were still without power 24 hours after the winds began dying down.

The National Weather Service recorded a peak wind gust of 61 mph at the Greater Rochester International Airport at 3:52 a.m. The strongest winds were between 2 and 4 a.m. and consistently blew between 55 and 60 mph, said Weather Service Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock.

As of Wednesday morning, a few hundred were still without power in parts of the region. Ontario, Yates, Seneca, and Schuyler counties each had less than 100 without power, according to NYSEG.

Meanwhile, RG&E, which serves Wayne, Cayuga, and Monroe counties in the Finger Lakes – had a total 327 residents in the dark as of Wednesday morning.

Officials with both power companies said they continue working to restore power to impacted areas. Additional outages can be reported by calling respective hotlines, which are available on customer bills.