High wind alert prompts storm watch

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PEARL RIVER – Orange and Rockland Utilities has added 120 contractor overhead line technicians to its full complement of company and contractor overhead line technicians and tree removal experts in preparation for a strong Thanksgiving eve weather event packing high, gusty winds that is expected to roar through the region Wednesday evening and through the day on Thursday.

Weather forecasters expect O&R’s service area to see scattered showers Wednesday ahead of increasingly high winds gusting from 35-45 mph on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the sustained winds are expected to range from 15-30 mph with gusts from 40-55 mph, gradually diminishing after 4 p.m.

The high winds predicted for late Wednesday and through Thursday, have the potential to cause power line damage and electric service interruptions.

The additional 120 overhead line technicians will join O&R and contractor overhead line crews and tree removal crews Wednesday afternoon as they ramp up for a high-volume outage response to the storm.  Damage assessment, site safety, customer service operations and the wide array of O&R teams that support those functions will also be ready to deploy then.

To prepare for the severe weather, O&R electric and gas crews will be securing active work sites through the day Wednesday to prevent damage from the coming storm.

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process: https://youtu.be/JeGU8ID4_m0