- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - High winds are being blamed for downing power lines and knocking out electricity service to more than 11,000 utility customers in parts of upstate New York.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts topping 40 mph have been recorded early Wednesday morning in Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, where NYSEG (NYE’-sehg) says about 3,700 of its 5,400 total outages are reported.

RG&E; reports more than 4,000 outages in the Rochester area, including about 2,500 in Monroe County and another 1,700 in neighboring Ontario County.

National Grid reports about 1,200 outages in the Syracuse area.

The weather service has issued wind advisories Wednesday from Lake Erie’s eastern shore to the Finger Lakes region and Mohawk Valley, with gusts expected to hit 55 mph in some areas.

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