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March 6, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Preparations Underway For Approaching Storm
Power restorations from Friday's nor'easter concluding

As power restorations are concluding from the recent nor’easter, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is preparing for a winter storm forecasted to reach the region overnight.

Central Hudson and mutual aid crews worked throughout the day to restore electric service to the remaining customers impacted by Friday’s nor’easter. As of 4 p.m., nearly 99 percent of customers affected by the storm have had electric service restored, and 1,300 customers remain without service. The vast majority of these remaining customers are expected to have power restored by tonight, and crews will continue to work on Wednesday as needed. Customers who have not yet reported their power condition are urged to do so.

In preparation for the next storm, Central Hudson is able to retain most of the mutual aid workers currently assigned to the area to assist in restoring new service interruptions that may result. “Weather forecasts call for heavy snow and wind gusts, with the potential to topple trees and cause power outages,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “We are preparing a field force of 550 electric line and tree trimming personnel to respond to any new power problems. While this approaching weather system is not predicted to have as severe an impact as Friday’s storm, we have prepared for what potentially may be a major storm,” he said.

“Customers, too, should be prepared as this new storm approaches,” said Freni. He advised that residents:

  • Pay attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information;
  • Charge electronic devices in order to connect with https://StormCentral.CenHud.com;
  • 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; and
  • Fill bathtubs with water as an added reserve.

 

Central Hudson customers may report their power condition and 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 www.CentralHudson.com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
  • On the Web: Visit www.CentralHudson.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 www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp;
  • Through Social Media:  “Like” Central Hudson on Facebook (Facebook.com/ CentralHudson) and “Follow” on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/CentralHudson); 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.

 

Residents are reminded to keep safety in mind at all times. Stay at least 30 feet away from fallen power lines and anything with which the line may be in contact, such as trees and limbs; and beware of hidden or entangled lines in fallen trees. Assume all downed power lines are live. Operate generators outdoors only, and shut off the main breaker when in use to prevent electrical back feed onto power lines to protect repair crews. Other safety measures include the following:

  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard, and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
  • Know how to open garage doors manually if using an electrically operated, remote-control door opener; and
  • Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage.

 

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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