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April 4, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Hazardous Wind Conditions Leading to Power Interruptions
Residents advised to remain safe, report outages

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for the potential for power interruptions as hazardous winds impact the area.

"Weather forecasters predict these strong winds conditions will persist, with steady winds of up to 25 mph and gusts reaching as high as 50 miles per hour," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Transmission & Distribution. "These conditions often cause trees and limbs to fall onto power lines, which can lead to downed lines and electric service interruptions."

More than 3,500 outages are reported as of 6 p.m. today, primarily in Ulster and Dutchess counties. "Forecasts call for the possibility of sustained winds through the early morning hours on Thursday, and additional service interruptions are anticipated," said Freni.  He explained that Central Hudson has readied crews and is responding to reported outages.

Freni recommended that customers act now to prepare for the storm:

  • Pay attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information.
  • Charge electronic devices in order to connect with
  • Keep handy a flashlight and fresh batteries.
  • Have a battery-powered radio to remain informed of restoration efforts.
  • Confirm adequate packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking.
  • Avoid opening a refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so that food lasts longer.
  • Have a non-electric can opener.
  • Keep an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing.
  • Fill bathtubs with water as added reserves.


Freni also urged customers to keep safety in mind:

  • 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 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;
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas; and
  • Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage.


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 or text REG to 236483;
  • On the Web: Visit 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 Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto;
  • Through Social Media:  "Like" Central Hudson on Facebook (com/ CentralHudson) and "Follow" on Twitter (; 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.


More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit

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