Route 30 reopened after wind downs trees, power lines in North Country

State Route 30 has been reopened between Lake Clear and Paul Smiths after being closed for nearly three hours due to electric lines and trees brought down by high winds.

The road was closed around 4:15 p.m. today by local fire departments. It was reopened at 7:07 p.m., according to state police.

There have been numerous other reports of trees and power lines down throughout the region this afternoon. The storm brought wind gusts of up to 60 mph, according to National Grid, the electricity company for much of upstate New York.

The storm caused the Tupper Lake-Massena varsity football game, slated for tonight at Frank Tice Field, to be rescheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. Friday’s wet, windy weather across the North Country resulted in some flooding and downed power lines in St. Lawrence Country, which led to early school closures in that area and subsequently pushed the game back one day.

National Grid announced around 4:30 p.m. that its crews had restored service to about 12,000 of its 18,000 customers affected by the storm that swept across the state from west to east Thursday night and today.

“The hardest hit areas remain in Western New York, particularly northern Erie County, portions of Niagara County and regions just to the east,” the company said. “Also, significant interruptions have been experienced in the St. Lawrence River valley areas in Northern New York. The company expects to have the vast majority of interruptions restored by late this evening, but anticipates that a small number of isolated outages may not have service until tomorrow, particularly in those harder hit areas in the western and extreme northern portions of the state.