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May 17, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Progress Continues, Much Work Remains for Storm Damage Repairs

Electric service has been restored to approximately half the more than 74,000 customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation impacted by Tuesday’s powerful frontal system. As of 7 a.m., approximately 37,000 customers remained without electric service in more than 425 individual damage locations, following a damaging storm that brought severe winds to the region, hitting hardest in the southern portion of Central Hudson’s service area.

Remaining power outages in the most heavily impacted areas are 9,700 in Dutchess County, 24,000 in Orange County, 1,500 in Ulster County and 1,600 in Putnam County.

The National Weather Service confirmed the presence of tornadoes in the region on Tuesday, in Saugerties, Newburgh and in two areas of Putnam County. A damaging macroburst was also confirmed to have impacted southern Dutchess County on Tuesday, cutting a path approximately 3 miles wide and 8 miles long with wind speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. 

“The amount of tree damage remains a concern, as substantial work remains to restore electric service to all our customers impacted by the storm,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution. “Repairs will begin to restore service to fewer and fewer customers, as we work in neighborhoods and along individual streets.”

Homeowners whose electric service lines were separated from their house are advised to seek guidance from a professional electrical contractor, as repairs to their home may be required before Central Hudson can re-attach the line.  

Central Hudson expects power to be restored to the vast majority of customers by Friday night, with work in pockets within some of the hardest-hit areas continuing through the weekend. Estimated restoration for individual cases will be posted as the information becomes available. Be advised that estimated restoration times will change as crews uncover additional damage while repairs are made.

Nearly 470 electric line workers and nearly 180 tree trimmers are at work today to restore electric service, clear roads and respond to emergencies. Mutual aid crews have arrived from as far away as Niagara Falls, Vermont and Michigan.

Central Hudson is distributing dry ice and bottled water today at the following locations, beginning at the noted times through 5 p.m. or when supplies run out:


ULSTER COUNTY

10:30 a.m. Wallkill Fire House

18 Central Ave., Wallkill

 

ORANGE COUNTY

11 a.m. Middle Hope Fire House

5172 Route 9W, Newburgh

 

11:30 a.m. Newburgh Armory

321 S. William St., Newburgh

 

Noon  Cornwall Town Hall

183 Main St., Cornwall

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY

10 a.m.  Chelsea Fire House

15 Liberty St., Chelsea

 

10:30 a.m. East Fishkill Town Hall

330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction

 

11 a.m. Fishkill Town Hall

807 Route 52, Fishkill

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

11:30 a.m. Phillipstown Rec Center

107 Glenclyffe Road, Garrison

 

“We remain appreciative of the assistance provided by our municipal and county emergency responders, highway departments and elected leadership in responding to this emergency,” said Freni.

 

Staying in touch and keeping safe

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 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 use the automated system or speak to a representative to report or monitor your power condition.
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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.

 

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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Central Hudson crews clear trees and repair lines along Chelsea Road in the Town of Wappinger. 

A damaging macroburst was confirmed to have impacted southern Dutchess County with wind speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. 

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Central Hudson crews deliver a new pole in the Glenham area of Fishkill, Dutchess County, to replace a broken pole in that area.