A total of approximately 1,600 customers in Dutchess are without power Sunday morning after a fast-moving storm caused extensive damage to portions of the region’s electric system on Saturday night, Central Hudson said.
Lightning and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour downed trees and limbs onto power lines and interrupted electric service to more than 32,000 homes and businesses throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, Central Hudson said.
Ulster County sustained the heaviest damage with more than 17,000 service interruptions. The storm also caused more than 7,500 service interruptions in Dutchess County and nearly 4,000 in Central Hudson’s service area within Orange County.
Repair crews worked immediately following the storm, overnight restoring service to more than 13,000 customers, or more than 40 percent of those affected. As of 8 a.m. Sunday morning, about 18,800 customers remain without service, and crews are addressing approximately 300 separate damage locations that include fallen trees, downed lines and broken poles.
More than 70 additional line contract personnel from the Albany-Syracuse area and Massachusetts are anticipated to arrive by noon today to assist Central Hudson and local line and tree contract crews in making repairs. Nearly 300 field forces will be working to restore power throughout the day. While it is expected that electric service will be restored to the majority of customers by tonight, it may be possible repair work will extend into Monday.
During service restorations, customers are reminded 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 fallen trees and limbs, and use caution or traveling;
- 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. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation; and
- Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never in the garage.
Customers can communicate with Central Hudson and keep abreast of restoration efforts before, during and following storms and emergencies:
By phone: call the PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and use the automated system;
On the web: visit the CenHub - My Account section at www.CentralHudson.com to report outages and obtain restoration updates.
Via smart phones: A mobile version of the Central Hudson’s website can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at http://mobile.CentralHudson.com . Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices are also available by logging onto CentralHudson.com/mobileapp.
By text messaging: Customers should enroll in the Central Hudson’s Texting Program to use text messaging (SMS) to report their power condition and obtain repair status. Customers will also receive text messages when a power interruption is predicted to have occurred at their location. To enroll, visit CentralHudson.com/Alerts .
More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at www.CentralHudson.com .