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High winds cause early closure of arena, power outages

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High winds Sunday caused the early closure of the Watertown Municipal Arena and left more than 300 buildings in Fort Covington and Hogansburg temporarily without power.

However, local emergency officials said there were no major issues stemming from the windstorm that swept through the region for much of the day.

“Nothing really serious at all,” said Joseph D. Plummer, Jefferson County director of fire and emergency management. “We’ve been very lucky.”

While there was some damage to buildings throughout the county, Mr. Plummer said he had not received calls of any significant events.

The Watertown ice arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds was closed at 3 p.m. as a precaution after winds partially tore a strip of metal from the building’s peak, according to Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham. City officials plan to assess the damage today and make any needed repairs, he said.

The Fort Covington and Hogansburg area lost power about noon, but electrical service was restored by National Grid crews about 5 p.m.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino was not affected by the outages.

St. Lawrence County suffered some fallen trees and downed power lines, although there was no major damage, according to St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies.

In Lewis County, “we had a lot of calls, a lot of trees down,” said James M. Martin, county emergency services director.

About a half-dozen roads in the county were closed temporarily because of downed trees, including a portion of Route 26 in the Deer River area, Mr. Martin said. However, there were no reported injuries or lengthy power outages, he said.

Heavy snows at times, combined with the high winds, did cause whiteout conditions, leading the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department to issue a travel advisory.

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