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March 20, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Prepare for Approaching Nor'easter
 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is monitoring a winter storm, with the potential for sleet, freezing rain, heavy snow, persistent winds and strong wind gusts. Local residents are advised to be prepared for possible power outages that may be caused by the storm, predicted to reach the area early Wednesday morning.

“We’ve all seen our share of severe weather this month, but be warned that this next storm may also bring conditions that could cause electric service interruptions," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution at Central Hudson. “We’re preparing for this storm by readying all our employees, securing supplies and communicating with our customers,” he said.

“We are assembling a field force of approximately 500 to address this storm, including 200 electric line contractors and mutual aid workers from New York and the Midwest, 140 tree workers and Central Hudson crews, together with hundreds of employees serving in support roles,” he said.

Freni explained that the current weather predictions indicate the greatest impact to the southern portions of the Mid-Hudson Valley, although forecasts may change and all areas of the region could be affected. “The heavy snow and strong winds may bring trees and limbs down onto power lines, particularly as some trees have been compromised by the previous storms,” he said.

“We continue to invest in the electric infrastructure and manage vegetation year-round to prepare for storms, however severe conditions have the potential to cause service interruptions,” he said.

“Customers, too, should prepare 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, and do not cross closed or barricaded roadways where lines and trees may have fallen. 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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