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Lightning strikes triggered fire on Lyon Mountain. Photo: Mountain Lake PBS
Lightning strikes triggered fire on Lyon Mountain. Photo: Mountain Lake PBS

Lightning strike knocks out regional PBS station

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Mountain Lake PBS, one of the North Country's biggest public television outlets, was off the air in many areas this morning because of a transmitter fire on the summit of Lyon Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The fire began Tuesday night after lightning struck transformers near the broadcast tower on the peak in Clinton County.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

According to Mountain Lake PBS, based in Plattsburgh, stormy weather over the last few days has hampered efforts to repair the facility, though crews have gone to assess the damage.

Mountain Lake is available on most of the region's cable systems.  It's not yet clear when the actual broadcast signal will be restored.

This isn't the first time the PBS station has had difficulties on Lyon Mountain. Six years ago, Mountain Lake's signal was knocked out when a spring storm toppled antenna.

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