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Aug. 4, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Most Storm Outages Repaired Overnight, Restoration Continues on Saturday 

Crews repaired the majority of outages caused by Friday afternoon’s storm, and as of 7 a.m. today fewer than 4,500 customers remain without electric service, primarily in Dutchess County. The storm had brought heavy rains, strong winds and lightning, initially interrupting electric service to more than 22,000 homes and businesses, with the heaviest damage located in central and southern Dutchess County.

More than 180 damage locations remain, and Central Hudson and mutual aid crews are working through the day to restore service. A field force of approximately 140 electric line personnel, with an additional 40 arriving later today, and nearly 40 tree workers are addressing repairs. Barring additional damage from forecasted storm activity today, the vast majority of the remaining outages are expected to be restored by 6 p.m. this evening.

Staying in touch and keeping safe

Important safety measures include the following:

  • 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 and report downed lines to Central Hudson or call 911.
  • Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution or traveling;
  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
  • Know how to open garage doors manually, if using a remote-control door opener.
  • 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
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Customers are urged to report their power condition and to stay informed of storm and restoration status 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 com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
  • On the Web: Visit 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. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto com/mobileapp;
  • Through Social Media:  "Like" Central Hudson on 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 use the automated system or speak to a representative to report or monitor your power condition.

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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