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May 17, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Repair Crews Tackle Storm Damage, Restore Service

A field force more than 1,000 strong – including nearly 470 electric line workers, approximately  180 tree trimmers and a support staff of hundreds  -- is at work today to continue clearing roads, responding to emergencies and restoring electric service. As of midday today, power has been restored to more than 45,000 customers of the 74,000 Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation impacted by Tuesday’s powerful and deadly storm.

As of 1 p.m., approximately 29,000 customers remained without electric service in more than 400 individual damage locations, primarily in the hard-hit southern portion of Central Hudson’s service area. Crews have so far identified 166 broken poles and more than 660 cases of downed wires. However, additional damage locations continue to surface as crews methodically address massive tree and system damage.

“We are making progress, however the work required to clear the high volume of fallen trees and repair the electric system is difficult and time consuming,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution. “We’ve assembled a substantial field force to steadily address the damage brought about by this highly destructive storm, but to be clear: the damage is severe and restoration will be time and labor intensive.”

Remaining power outages in the most heavily impacted areas are approximately 7,900 in Dutchess County, 19,000 in Orange County, 1,000 in Ulster County and 1,400 in Putnam County.

The National Weather Service recently confirmed that Tuesday’s storm brought tornadoes that touched down in Saugerties, Newburgh and in two areas of Putnam County; and a macroburst in southern Dutchess County that brought severe damage along a path approximately 3 miles wide and 8 miles long, with wind speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. 

Central Hudson expects power to be restored to the vast majority of customers by Friday night, however work is expected to continue within pockets of some of the hardest-hit areas  through the weekend.

Estimated restoration times for individual cases will be posted as the information becomes available. Customers should be aware that that estimations will change as crews uncover additional damage while repairs are made. Homeowners whose electric service lines were separated from their homes are advised to seek guidance from a professional electrical contractor, as repairs to homes may be required before Central Hudson can re-attach the line.  

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

10:30 a.m. East Fishkill Town Hall
330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction

11 a.m. Fishkill Town Hall
807 Route 52, Fishkill

10 a.m. Chelsea Fire House
15 Liberty St., Chelsea (Town of Wappinger)

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

11:30 a.m. Phillipstown Rec Center
107 Glenclyffe Road, Garrison

 

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

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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Above: Central Hudson crews tackle repairs along Fostertown Road in the Town of Newburgh, Orange County.

 

Above: A pole is replaced at the Chelsea Ridge apartments in the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County.

 

 Above: Tuesday’s storm caused substantial damage in the Balmville area, in the Town of Newburgh, Orange County.

 

Above: Crews arrive at a broken pole in Wallkill, Orange County.