Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for a strong frontal system that may bring rain, lightning and potentially powerful wind gusts Friday (5-15) beginning in the late afternoon to early evening. These conditions could cause hazardous conditions and electric service interruptions.
"Forecasts predict a period of storms arriving later today, bringing lightning and strong wind gusts ranging from 40 to possibly 60 miles per hour,” said Ryan Hawthorne, Assistant Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “These conditions could topple trees and damage the electric system, causing interruptions to electric service. We’re closely monitoring the weather and are prepared to respond in the event of storm damage and power outages.
“In this current environment, our electric line crews and support staff are practicing social distancing when addressing emergencies,” said Hawthorne. “We also realize many residents are at home and depend on electric service for common household uses and to stay connected. In the event of power outages, we are prepared and committed to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.
“Our customers are also advised to prepare and take precautions,” Hawthorne continued. He stressed that residents should stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and to 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 remain at home, Hawthorne urged 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:
Hawthorne urged customers to keep safety in mind, particularly during power interruptions: