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March 2, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Winter Storm Impacts Mid-Hudson Valley

A winter nor’easter is bringing rain, wind and heavy snow to the Mid-Hudson region, causing trees and limbs to topple onto power lines. As of 8 a.m. this morning, more than 170 damage locations were reported with more than 12,000 power interruptions, most in Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties.

Central Hudson crews have been dispatched to address power outages and report on damage locations. During system emergencies like this, all employees from throughout Central Hudson are involved in restoration or support activities. Mutual aid crews from Hydro-Quebec are expected to arrive later today to assist in power restoration.

"With the potential for additional snowfall, steady winds and high wind gusts, power interruptions are expected to continue throughout the day and are likely to escalate," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution. “We expect significant and widespread damage from this storm, resulting in a multi-day event for power restoration. Some areas may be without power for 24 hours or more.”

Customers are urged to report their power condition and 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.

 

Freni also urged customers to keep safety in mind. "Remember 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.  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. Other 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;
  • 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.

 

 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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