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Utilities work to restore power in upstate NY

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm •  Published: July 20, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Utility crews across upstate New York were working to restore power to thousands of customers who lost power in a round of drenching thunderstorms.

The storms Friday night brought more than 4 inches of rain to some towns in western New York's Niagara County.

Strong wind gusts also toppled trees. The utilities National Grid, NYSEG and RG&E were reporting that around 29,000 households and businesses were still without power in upstate New York on Saturday afternoon.

The storms brought temperatures in the low 80s to much of upstate New York, while residents in New York City continued to bake in heat over 90 degrees.