Senior living center remains without power nearly 15 hours after storms

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A senior living center in Rensselaer remains without power Friday morning, nearly 15 hours after storms swept through Thursday afternoon.

Power went out for the more than 100 residents at the Renwyck Place apartments around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, when officials believe a nearby lighting strike cause the outage.

Many residents use wheelchairs and require supplemental oxygen machines, many of which need electricity to operate.

Fire and police officials and center staff have set up a command post in the center’s community room and have been working to get a backup generator up and running, but have so far been unable to do so. Power crews are attempting to install a temporary line to provide electricity to the building.

Two residents were taken to the hospital with unrelated medical issues.

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