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Emergency

Authorities are warning people to stay clear of downed power lines after a storm blew through Cayuga and Onondaga counties Saturday evening, leaving hundreds of homes in both counties without power.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office released a special statement for the Skaneateles and Marcellus areas following reports of numerous trees and wires down due heavy winds and a severe thunderstorm.

Police warn anyone coming across downed wires to stay at least 30 feet away (at least two full pole spans) and keep others from going near them as well. Downed lines should be reported by calling 911 immediately.

National Grid reported that 900 customers in Niles and 1,500 in Skaneateles had lost power. The company estimated having power restored by about 10:15 p.m.

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