Power Outage Knocks WPTZ Off the Air

By Mark Joyella 

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 10.17.14 AMA power outage knocked Plattsburgh, New York NBC affiliate WPTZ off the air during its morning news Thursday, leaving morning anchors with flashlights in a darkened studio. Anchor David Schneider tweeted “Power is out .. If we get enough juice back perhaps we could broadcast by lantern light.”

In one photo tweeted with the hashtag “#lanterncast”, meteorologist John Hickey is seen preparing the forecast by battery-powered lantern. See it, after the jump.



The station says heavy winds brought a tree limb down on power lines, cutting electricity to the station and surrounding neighborhood. WPTZ has a generator, and equipment can be seen in photos partially powered up, but it took 90 minutes to get the station back on the air.