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35K utility customers without power in upstate NY

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly 35,000 utility customers in western and northern New York remain without electricity after a weekend ice storm knocked tree limbs onto power lines.

National Grid reports about 32,000 outages Monday morning, nearly half of them in Jefferson County on Lake Ontario's eastern shore. Another 6,300 homes and businesses in neighboring St. Lawrence County are without power, and Lewis and Franklin counties have about 2,700 outages.

About 3,000 outages are reported in Erie and Niagara counties.

About 50,000 customers lost power after ice began coating trees Saturday from the Buffalo area to the North Country. States of emergency were declared in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a winter ice storm emergency for western and northern areas and he activated the state Emergency Operations Center.

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