CARMEL – NYSEG crews are responding as strong winds and thunderstorms continue to disrupt service to thousands of customers across their Hudson Valley territory.
As of 6 a.m., there are 20,321 NYSEG customers without power of the approximately 54,000 impacted.
The hardest hit areas include Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester county areas.
The weather event that brought strong winds and thunderstorms across the state Sunday remains active in portions of the service area. Crews worked through the overnight to clear downed wires and trees, make safe work sites, and restore power to impacted customers.
The strong winds remaining active during the overnight period prevented crews from performing certain restoration work, such as using bucket trucks to access the top of the utility poles. However, crews were able to perform critical restoration work, such as replacing broken poles, and readying the site with new equipment for when the wind speeds slowed, and the work could be safely performed.
Today, the company will conduct damage assessments and identify the extent of the damage caused by the weather event and crews will continue to make safe roads, and clear debris, fallen trees or other hazards. Crews were repositioned throughout the state overnight to be able to perform work in the most significantly impacted areas.
The company continues to coordinate its response effort with state and local emergency management officials to clear roads of fallen trees and hazards and restore power service to critical facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes.