By Danielle Haynes
The Tonawanda News
— More than 850 North Tonawanda households are without power Friday due to an unspecified problem near the sub station of Ridge Road, Stephen Brady, of National Grid, said.
The cause of the outage in the center part of the city hasn't been determined, but Brady said it was likely caused by strong wind gusts Friday.
"We've got a lot of tree branches down and while the gusts haven't been horrible, they've peaked in some areas," he said.
The outage is affecting households and business as far west as Ironton Street, east to Nash Road, north to 12th Avenue and as far south as 1st Avenue, the National Grid power outage website indicates. Another 23 customers are without power further south in the city between Robinson and Goundry streets.
Brady estimates power will be restored by 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, wind gusts toppled a utility pole behind Grant Street school causing a power outage at the facility. Grant Street was blocked off Friday morning as crews worked on the down pole, said Karen Swaidner of the North Tonawanda superintendent's office.
The universal pre-K program at the school was cancelled for the day.
In Kenmore, a couple hundred residents were also without power this morning after a large willow tree brought down utility poles and wires on Colvin Boulevard near the border with Buffalo, Brady said. National Grid crews were able to reroute electricity in the area and only about 10 customers are currently without power as of midday, Brady said.
As of midday Friday, the National Weather Service said winds in Niagara County were 29 to 34 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds were expected to die down in the evening to about 8 to 13 mph.
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