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February 13, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Continues to Restore Electric Service
Power Restoration May Extend into Tuesday for Some Locations

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises customers that electric service in some locations affected by power outages resulting from today’s damaging winds may not be restored by tonight, and affected customers may wish to seek alternate shelter. 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.

As of mid-afternoon, more than 13,000 area homes and businesses were affected, most in northern Dutchess and Ulster counties. Central Hudson restored electric service to more than 8,500 customers today, however damaging wind gusts continue to disrupt electrical service. 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 are encouraged to check on estimated restoration times for their location. However, if one is not provided by early this evening or if the estimated restoration time is on Tuesday, they may wish to seek alternate shelter tonight in anticipation of very cold temperatures. Central Hudson estimates power will be restored to all customers by Tuesday at 10 p.m.

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 residual heat to reach pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls to help prevent pipes from freezing.

During severe weather, customers should also:

  • 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; and
  • 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. Similarly, 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;
  • Through Social Media: “Like” Central Hudson on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CentralHudson) and “Follow” on Twitter (www.twitter.com/CentralHudson);
  • 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; and
  • 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; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.

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