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Icy Storm Slams Upstate NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Utilities are working to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers in northern and western New York after freezing rain coated trees with an inch of ice, snapping limbs that brought down power lines.

Tom Zecher, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center in Watertown, says Sunday afternoon that other than some property damage and a few minor injuries, the ice storm that began Saturday hadn't caused major problems.

States of emergency were declared in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties and sheriff's offices advised against unnecessary travel to allow utility and highway crews to make repairs and clean up.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, National Grid reported about 50,000 customers without power and New York State Electric and Gas reported 10,000 customers affected.

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