Storm, strong wind gusts, may cause power interruptions

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for storms and potentially strong, gusty winds forecasted today and Friday. These conditions could cause electric service interruptions and hazardous conditions.

“Our customers should be prepared for the possibility of strong, gusty winds today and tomorrow as a cold front moves through our region,” said Ryan Hawthorne, Assistant Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “We are closely monitoring the weather and are prepared to respond in the event of power interruptions.

“In this current environment, our electric line crews and support staff are practicing social distancing to keep our employees and the public safe as we address any emergency,” said Hawthorne. “We also realize many of our customers are at home and rely more than ever on electric service for essential services and to stay connected. In the event of power outages, we are committed to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.

“Our customers are also advised to prepare and take precautions,” Hawthorne continued. “Strong winds could damage trees and utility poles, bring down power lines and cause outages and dangerous conditions.”

Hawthorne stressed that residents should stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees and limbs. “Assume all downed lines are live, and keep a wide distance from fallen trees and limbs,” he said.

As many families and children are home, Hawthorne advised residents to watch for and keep themselves, families and neighbors away from these hazards. Motorists should also be aware of the potential for downed limbs and power lines that may block roadways, and should never attempt to drive over or around downed power lines.

Hawthorne recommended ways in which customers can prepare for the storm and potential electric service interruptions by:

  • Paying attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information;
  • Charging electronic devices in order to connect with https://StormCentral.CenHud.com;
  • Keeping handy a flashlight and fresh batteries;
  • Having a battery-powered radio to remain informed of restoration efforts;
  • Confirming adequate packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking;
  • Avoiding opening a refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so that food lasts longer;
  • Having a non-electric can opener;
  • Keeping an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing; and
  • Filling bathtubs with water as added reserves.

Hawthorne urged customers to keep safety in mind, particularly during power interruptions:

  • 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;
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off carbon monoxide gas;
  • 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;
  • Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage; and
  • Avoid travel along roadways as hazardous conditions may cause driving accidents, including those involving utility poles which may cause power interruptions.