PEARL RIVER – Orange and Rockland Utilities has declared a Storm Watch as two strong storm systems, packing high winds and thunderstorms, sometimes severe, are expected to hit the region today (Wednesday) and Friday. This comes three weeks after a devastating storm with extreme wind left thousands in the dark for many says
O&R’s emergency storm response team has ramped up to prepare for what could be impactful weather events.
Severe storm activity has the potential to cause power pole and line damage and result in widespread electric service interruptions.
In addition to company crews, O&R has hired additional overhead line technicians and vehicles to supplement its own field forces for these events.
Weather forecasters expect the first storm to begin early this afternoon as a strong cold front moves through the area with scattered thunderstorms and sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts of 35 to 50 mph and higher in isolated areas.
The second storm is expected on Friday as another cold front pushes through into early Saturday bringing with it showers and sustained winds of 15 to 35 mph and gusts of 35 to 45 mph.