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March 3, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Repair Crews Continue Restoration Efforts

Repair crews of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., supplemented by mutual aid forces, worked to restore electric service today to customers impacted by the severe nor’easter. As of 4 p.m., approximately 42,000 customers remained without electric service, and nearly 1,100 individual damage locations require repair. High wind gusts and heavy snow toppled trees, resulting in 80 broken poles, nearly 1,000 downed powerlines and damage to nine transmission lines.

Service restoration will progress over the several days, and the vast majority of impacted customers in Orange County will have service restored tonight. In southern Dutchess and Putnam counties, service restoration to the vast majority of customers is expected on Monday afternoon; and on Wednesday afternoon for the vast majority of affected customers in the most heavily impacted areas of northern Dutchess County, Ulster County and Greene County. 

By Sunday, it is expected that up to 300 mutual aid forces from Canada, Vermont, New York and the Midwest will arrive or be in route to assist in the electric service restoration efforts, supplementing the 240 tree trimming and Central Hudson electric line forces.

Dry ice and bottled water are now being distributed, and warming centers have become available in some areas. Locations and times are posted on the storm resource page at www.CentralHudson.com and on Central Hudson’s social media channels.

“Remember to keep safety in mind,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distributions Operations. He reminded customers who may see a fallen power line to stay at least 30 feet away, and to assume all fallen power lines are live.

"Remember also to never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors. They pose a fire hazard, and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation," Freni said.   Other safety measures include the following:

  • 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;
  • 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.

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 CentralHudson.com/Alerts or text REG to 236483;
  • On the Web: Visit 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 CentralHudson.com/mobileapp;
  • Through Social Media:  "Like" Central Hudson on 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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 Repair crews addressed damage today throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. A Central Hudson lineman repairs a detached wire on Washington Ave. in Kingston, Ulster County.