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February 13, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Hazardous Wind Conditions Cause Power Interruptions
Residents advised to remain safe, report outages

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation urges customers to take steps to stay safe during today’s dangerous wind storm. “Weather forecasters predict strong winds will persist throughout the day, with gusts reaching as high as 50 miles per hour,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Transmission & Distribution. “These hazardous winds often cause trees and limbs to fall onto power lines, which can lead to downed lines and electric service interruptions.”

As of late Monday morning, power interruptions to more than 10,000 homes and businesses had been reported, and Freni cautioned that continued high winds expected through the afternoon and early evening may cause additional service interruptions. “Our crews are addressing repairs to the more than 150 damage locations, and we thank our customers for their patience as we work to restore electric service.”

For safety’s sake, Freni urges customers 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 falling trees and limbs, and use caution when outdoors or traveling during high wind conditions;
  • 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. Similarly, operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never in the garage; and
  • Report any gas odors by calling 911 or 1-800-942-8274

Customers can communicate with Central Hudson and keep abreast of restoration efforts before, during and following storms and emergencies:

Customers should enroll in the Central Hudson’s Texting Program to use text messaging (SMS) to report their power condition and obtain repair status. They will also receive text messages when a power interruption is predicted to have occurred at their location. “Our Texting Program simplifies reporting a service interruption and obtaining estimated restoration times,” said Freni. To enroll, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Alerts/.

Customers with access to a computer may also report their power condition at www.CentralHudson.com by clicking on “Report Outage.” Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, can be obtained by phone and online, and updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. A mobile version of the utility’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 www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp.

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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