DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Central Hudson Gas & Electric is continuing to work Tuesday to restore power to customers throughout Dutchess County following Monday's winds that toppled trees and limbs onto power lines, causing outages to more than 23,000 customers.
Officials with the company said the heaviest damage was in Dutchess and northern Ulster counties with more than 200 locations of major damage.
Crews are currently working to repair nearly 100 remaining areas of damage to restore service to approximately 3,600 customers remaining without service, with the majority in Ulster County, officials said.
More than 20 additional contract crews, some from the Boston area, are assisting with repairs. While electric service restoration for customers will take place throughout the day, Central Hudson estimates that power will be returned to all by 10 p.m. Tuesday.
“We thank our customers for their patience, especially those who endured a power outage overnight,” said Charles A. Freni, senior vice president of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution. “We’re also grateful for the efforts made by municipal crews to help clear roads and provide access to some of the most heavily damaged areas.”
As final repairs are made, 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 by phone at 845-452-2700 or online at www.CentralHudson.com .
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