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Superstorm Sandy goes easy on NNY

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Tuesday’s partly sunny skies showed the damage due to high winds Monday night was minimal.

Throughout the north county, including Franklin and Essex counties, 1,800 power outages were reported during the peak hours of the storm, said National Grid spokeswoman Virginia J. Limmiatis. Approximately 9,000 outages were reported in Central New York.

Buffalo National Weather Service meteorologist David Zaff said the worst of the storm is over.

“At this time, it’s not worth following anymore,” he said. “It’s going to be like any other fall or winter day.”

He expects the storm to swing northward this morning but miss northern New York.

Wind gusts at Massena International Airport topped 48 miles per hour at 9:27 p.m., according to Burlington National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly McMahon.

Ms. Limmiatis reported 700 county residents called National Grid regarding power outages.

SUNY Potsdam reported a brief outage Monday evening.

“We had a total of 11 storm related calls and a few customers without power, but National Grid was on it and by our 8 p.m. briefing, all power was restored,” said Joseph M. Gilbert, St. Lawrence County director of emergency services. “It was all pretty minor, nothing really happened.”

The majority of the calls to emergency services from the Potsdam-Massena area came during a two-hour period beginning at 6:20 p.m. Monday. They included:

■ 6:20 p.m. Helena Fire reports to report of large willow tree down and completely blocking the Taylor Road in the town of Brasher.

■ 6:23 p.m. Massena Fire asks all available manpower to respond to the fire station.

■ 6:25 p.m. Norfolk Fire responds to a report of a tree across County Route 38 near the Plum Brook Road.

■ 6:45 p.m. Norfolk Fire responds to a report of a tree across the road in the vicinity of 502 River Road.

■ 8:09 p.m. West Potsdam Fire responds to a report of lines in trees on fire near 51A Wright Road.

■ 8:15 p.m. West Potsdam Fire responds to a report of lines down and sparking on Sykes Road near County Route 24.

Cape Air announced that all Tuesday flights were cancelled in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, but expected to return to normal operations today.

The winds destroyed the roof over the grandstand at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair, breaking the nail bond, said John J. “Scooter” Wetmore, a fair director.

Fair officials met with a roofer Tuesday afternoon to discuss options. The roof is insured but has a high deductible. It was unclear what role the Federal Emergency Management Agency might play in replacing the roof.

Staff writer Chris Robbins contributed to this story.

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