Thunderstorms cause power outages in Delaware County

In the unlikely event that you've lost power and are still able to read this post, keep your fridge door shut, say officials at Delaware County Public Health Services, who sent out a press release this morning warning that food can spoil quickly when the power goes out. Food in a powered-off refrigerator will stay cold for about four to six hours if the door isn't opened, health officials say. Photo by Flickr user Dewayne Neeley; published under Creative Commons license.

Power outages from Wednesday night thunderstorms lingered into Thursday morning in Delaware County, forcing a couple of school delays and leaving large areas without power in several towns.

Downsville Central School and Delaware Academy in Delhi were both running on two-hour delays Thursday morning because of the outages. 

As of around 10:45 on Thursday morning, NYSEG's outage map showed 1368 homes still without power, including 67 percent of the utility's customers in Colchester, 28 percent of their customers in Bovina, and 21 percent in Hamden. A few households were still without power in Hancock, Walton and Delhi.