|October 25, 2012|
|For Release: Immediately|
Central Hudson Urges Preparation for Potential Storm Activity
Central Hudson is alerting customers to a risk of severe weather on Monday and Tuesday associated with Hurricane Sandy, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service. Storms may bring strong, damaging wind gusts, flooding and flash flooding. “These conditions may cause electric service interruptions as damaged and falling trees could impact utility lines,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson.
“We are monitoring weather forecasts closely and preparing to mobilize if necessary by readying our crews, vehicles, employees and contractors in the event of severe weather and the possibility of extended restoration activities next week,” said Laurito.
“The projected track of the storm carries some uncertainty, however we’re preparing for the possibility that the tropical system may impact our area,” he said. “We follow an emergency plan to prepare for and address damage that may result due to storms; and we are in communication with the National Weather Service and other forecasters, mutual aid organizations and state regulators in order to obtain advance information about the storm and coordinate our response as needed,” he said.
“Our customers, too, should be prepared for the possibility of severe weather and extended power interruptions,” said Laurito. He urged 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.
Laurito also urged customers to keep safety in mind following any storm, and advised residents to:
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