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Red Cross sets up shelter after winds knock out power

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Albany/HV: Red Cross sets up shelter after winds knock out power
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AVERILL PARK, N.Y. -- High winds knock out power to more than 10,000 people in Averill Park and surrounding areas.

The Town of Sand Lake actually declared a state of emergency, as crews work to repair downed lines. More than a dozen town roads were closed.

With the declining temperatures, the American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Averill Park Volunteer Fire Department on Union Turnpike for anyone who needs to stay warm.

"We are currently working with our emergency mangers, the fire departments, to see what the damage assessment will be, however at this time our major concern is providing a safe place for people to go, and some hot food for them to eat," said Mike Tripodi, Red Cross volunteer.

People in that area are asked to use caution when traveling and treat all downed power lines as if they are dangerous.

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