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February 14, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Continues to Restore Electric Service to Remaining Areas
Power restoration to all expected by 10 p.m. this evening

Strong, persistent winds with peak gusts of more than 50 miles per hour yesterday toppled trees and limbs onto power lines, causing power interruptions throughout the region. In total, nearly 23,000 customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. lost service as a result of the wind storm, with the heaviest damage in northern Ulster and Dutchess counties.

Crews repaired damage at more than 200 locations on Monday to restore power to most customers, and will continue to address nearly 100 remaining areas of damage today to restore service to approximately 3,600 customers remaining without service this morning, nearly all in Ulster County. 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. tonight.

“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 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);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; and
  • 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; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.

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Below: Central Hudson line crews repair damage caused by a fallen tree on Colden Hill Rd in Newburgh on Monday night. Strong, persistent winds with peak gusts of more than 50 miles per hour yesterday toppled trees and limbs onto power lines, causing power interruptions throughout the region.