POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for windy conditions today with the potential for hazardous conditions and electric service interruptions. Weather forecasts predict wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour this afternoon and evening, which may bring limbs and trees onto power lines.
“Our customers should be prepared for strong, gusty winds today,” said Charles Freni, president and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “We are prepared to respond in the event of power interruptions by readying equipment and personnel, and maintaining contact with local emergency responders.”
He noted that electric line crews and support staff are practicing social distancing to keep our employees and the public safe.
Freni cautioned residents to 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.
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.
Freni 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.