Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises local residents to be prepared for heavy rains and potentially strong, gusty winds forecasted today through early Saturday. These conditions could cause electric service interruptions and hazardous conditions.
"Our customers should be prepared for the possibility of strong, gusty winds today and tonight as Tropical Storm Fay moves into our region," said Ryan Hawthorne, Assistant Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “We are closely monitoring the storm 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, and we also realize many of our customers are at home and rely on electric service for essential services,” he said. “In the event of power outages, we are committed to restoring electric service as quickly and safely as possible.”
“Basements, too, may become flooded, and residents should be especially cautious before entering a flooded basement or crawlspace.” He explained that electrical panels or gas piping may become compromised and create indoor hazards. “If in doubt, contact the local police, fire dept. of emergency responder,” he said.
“Also, be especially attentive to downed wires in contact with water, as electricity and water don’t mix,” said Hawthorne. He 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.
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: