|January 30, 2013|
|For Release: Immediately|
Central Hudson Customers Advised of the Potential for Severe Weather
Central Hudson advises customers to prepare for the possibility of severe weather tonight through Thursday morning, as weather forecasts predict thunderstorms and strong winds that may damage trees and power lines, causing potential electric service interruptions. “The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory, forecasting wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour together with heavy rains that may cause tree damage and local flooding,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson. “Customers are urged to prepare and are reminded to take steps to stay safe during and after the storm,” he said.
“Residents should exercise extreme caution when traveling, as fallen trees and downed lines can create hazardous driving conditions,” said Laurito. “Assume all fallen lines are live, and stay at least 30 feet way. Be aware of flooded roadways, and especially avoid water and objects near fallen lines as they may be in contact with electricity.
“Central Hudson repair crews are readying equipment and vehicles, and employees will be assigned storm-related duties as needed,” said Laurito. “We continue to closely monitor weather forecasts to gain the latest information,” he said.
“Our customers should also prepare for the possibility of power interruptions,” said Laurito. He advised customers to:
If power is lost, customers should call Central Hudson’s PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714 to report their power condition, and they are encouraged to use the automated reporting system. Customers with access to a computer may also report their power condition via www.CentralHudson.com by using the StormCentral function. Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, can be obtained by phone and online, and updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. A mobile version of the utility’s website, including StormCentral, can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at http://mobile.CentralHudson.com. Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices are also available by logging onto www.CentralHudson.com/mobileapp; recent updates to these mobile apps were made earlier this month, and current users should download their update.
For safety’s sake, Laurito also urged customers to:
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