Mountain Lake PBS back on local cable after lightning strikes

PLATTSBURGH – Two lightning strikes sizzled Mountain Lake PBS’ signal, but now it’s back on local cable, though not on airwaves.

First, lightning hit the public television station’s transmitter site on Lyon Mountain Tuesday night.

Then at about 9:30 Wednesday morning, also on Lyon Mountain, lightning struck the transformers that power the station’s broadcast tower, causing them to catch fire. Mountain Lake PBS and the other organizations that rent tower space lost electricity.

Recent weather conditions have made the remote tower site difficult to access, but a crew was sent to assess the situation, Mountain Lake PBS officials said in a press release Wednesday.

The station was back up on Charter Cable relatively quickly Wednesday and on Time Warner Cable Wednesday night. It will be back on Videotron cable in Quebec within the next couple of days, but to broadcast on the airwaves will take longer, spokeswoman Jennifer Kowalcszk said this morning.