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DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Many residents throughout Dutchess County who are experiencing power outages from damaging winds up to 50 miles per hour may be without power overnight.
Central Hudson officials said that as of 4 p.m. some 13,000 area homes and businesses remained without power and advised customers affected by power outages may wish to seek alternate shelter, said John Maserjian, General Hudson spokesman.
"Strong, persistent winds, with peak wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour, toppled trees and limbs onto power lines, causing power interruptions throughout the region," he added.
The company said they hope to have all power restored by 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"Central Hudson restored electric service to more than 8,500 customers today, however, damaging wind gusts continue to disrupt electrical service," Maserjian added.
Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said winds averaged between 55 to 60 mph Tuesday with the Poughkeepsie Airport clocking winds as high as 59 miles mph around noon Monday.
"Residents will begin to notice a gradual reduction in the wind speed around sunset, with a continued decrease to 35 to 40 mph overnight," he said. "By sunrise, winds should be down to 6 to 12 mph."
Central Hudson crews are continuing to make repairs, and estimated restoration times, when available, are posted on Central Hudson website , the automated telephone system and by text message for customers enrolled in the text messaging program.
Customers staying at alternate locations tonight should be aware that overnight temperatures are expected to be well below freezing, and are advised to open faucets slightly and open cabinet doors to allow any residual heat to reach pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls to help prevent pipes from freezing, Central Hudson officials said.
For safety’s sake, the company is urging customers to:
- Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live;
- Beware of falling trees and limbs, and use caution when outdoors or traveling during high wind conditions;
- Avoid the use of candles for illumination;
- Follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors;
- Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.
Report any gas odors by calling 911 or 1-800-942-8274. To report an outage, call the PowerLine at 845-452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and use the automated system.
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