A powerful thunderstorm moved through central and northern Ulster County on Wednesday night, bringing rain and wind gusts that knocked out power to More than 21,000 customers, with the majority of outages located in Kingston, Marbletown, Hurley, Esopus and Ulster. As of 9:30 a.m., approximately 10,000 customers were without service.
“Central Hudson crews are in the field and have restored service to more than 9,000 customers since last night’s storm,” said Ryan Hawthorne, Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “We have secured approximately 60 additional mutual aid workers who will be in the area by mid-day to help expedite repairs and we expect to have power restored to the majority of impacted customers by end of day today. Some of the most heavily impacted areas could restoration efforts extend into Friday.”
Storms moved through central and northern Ulster County after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday bringing wind gusts of over 60 mph and reports 1-inch diameter hail. Rains coupled with fallen leaves also caused areas of flash flooding.
“As crews assess damages in the field, restoration times will be updated on the Central Hudson outage map,” Hawthorne added.
Residents are advised to exercise an abundance of caution around downed power lines by staying at least 30 feet away and remember that downed lines can become entangled and hidden in fallen limbs. Residents should also remember to assume any downed power lines are live.
Hawthorne reminded residents to keep safety in mind, particularly during power interruptions:
- Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off carbon monoxide gas;
- Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution when traveling;
- Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
- 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;
- Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage; and
- Avoid travel along roadways as hazardous conditions may cause driving accidents, including those involving utility poles which may cause power interruptions.
- Visit hudsonvalleyweather.com for the latest forecast information.
Customers can stay informed of storm and restoration conditions in the following ways:
- By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson’s Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit CentralHudson.com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
- On the Web: Visit CentralHudson.com/Storms 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 https://mobile.CenHud.com. Updated free Central Hudson mobile applications are available for Android and Apple devices by logging onto www.cenhud.com/mobileapp;
- Through social media: “Like” Central Hudson on Facebook (Facebook.com/CentralHudson) and “Follow” on Twitter (Twitter.com/CentralHudson); and
- By phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.
- If a member of your household needs electricity to operate life sustaining equipment, please contact customer service at (845) 452-2700.
More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at www.CentralHudson.com; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.
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