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Aug. 17, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Prepare for the Potential for Severe Weather Today 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for the possibility of thunderstorm activity later today that may bring heavy wind gusts, lightning and the potential for electric service interruptions.

"Forecasts call for the likelihood of severe weather in our area this afternoon or evening that may cause electric service interruptions brought about by strong, damaging wind gusts and lightning," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution at Central Hudson. "Central Hudson is preparing equipment and crews, and our customers, too, should take precautions.” He said that while Central Hudson regularly invests in the electric system and manages tree growth around power lines, severe storms can cause damage and interrupt electric service.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

"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 only outdoors," Freni said.  He also advised customers to know how to open their garage door manually if they usually rely on an electrically operated, remote-control door opener.

 

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 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.

 

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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