Central Hudson cautions about possible strong winds causing outages

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is readying crews and advising customers to prepare for potentially severe windstorms that could have an impact on electric service Monday night and into Tuesday.

Current forecasts are calling for a low-pressure system to move into the region Monday evening, bringing rain and increasing wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour in some areas that could break limbs and topple trees onto power lines.

“We are closely monitoring the incoming weather system and are prepared to respond if outages do occur,” said Ryan Hawthorne, utility vice president of Electric Engineering and Operations. “We ask customers to exercise extra caution as these wind gusts have the potential to create hazardous conditions.”

Central Hudson prepares for storms by readying crews, stocking supplies and materials, communicating with community leaders and following an approved storm plan. Central Hudson also takes proactive steps before storms strike to minimize service interruptions, including enhanced vegetation management and danger tree removals, and regular maintenance and upgrades to power lines serving communities.

Residents are advised 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. Residents should also assume all downed lines are live.