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Central Hudson Power Outages Down To Less Than 2.5K

Power should be restored to almost all of Dutchess and Orange County residents by Friday night.
Power should be restored to almost all of Dutchess and Orange County residents by Friday night. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

Central Hudson Gas & Electric is reporting that nearly 95 percent of customers impacted by Wednesday’s winter storm, currently have power as crews continue to repair damage throughout the Hudson Valley.

In real numbers that means more than 67,000 power outages have been restored, and as of 7:00 a.m. Friday, less than 2,500 customers remain without service, primarily in Orange County.

In addition, about 200 individual damage locations remain, and it is expected that electric service will be restored to virtually all customers by Friday night.

Customers currently without power and who have not already reported their power condition are urged to do so.

The winter storm was the second in five days to impact the region, causing widespread damage and more than 70,000 power outages in total to Central Hudson’s customers. As a result of the storm, more than 1 million power outages were reported throughout the Northeast.

Central Hudson retained assistance from mutual aid crews from Canada, New York, Vermont and the Midwest at different times to repair damage and restore service. Combined with tree trimmers and Central Hudson’s electric line crews, hundreds of workers addressed approximately 2,000 damage locations and replaced more than 220 poles combined during both storms.

“We once again thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we worked to repair the substantial damage brought about by these storms and restore their electric service,” said Charles A. Freni, senior vice president of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “We greatly appreciate the support of our municipal and county leaders, elected officials, emergency management officials, highway departments, law enforcement and others who worked alongside with us to clear roads, communicate with our customers and offer emergency services.”

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