Severe Thunderstorms, Wind Could Cause Service Interruptions Monday

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation advises residents to be prepared for the potential of severe thunderstorms on Monday afternoon and evening, with the possibility of strong wind gusts and lightning.

Current forecasts are calling for a cold front to move into the area starting on Monday afternoon that has the potential to bring powerful thunderstorms, large hail and wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour in some areas. These storms could break limbs and topple trees onto power lines, causing service interruptions.

"We are closely monitoring conditions and have our crews prepared to respond if outages do occur," said Ryan Hawthorne, Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. "We have also secured approximately 50 additional mutual aid line workers to expedite restoration efforts if needed. We also ask customers to exercise extra caution as these storms can create hazardous conditions."

Residents are also 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 assume all downed lines are live.

Customers can prepare for the storm and potential electric service interruption by:

  • Paying attention to weather advisories, storm outage updates and/or shelter information. Visit for the latest forecast information.

  • Charging electronic devices in order to connect with Storm Central, Central Hudson's outage information and reporting site;

  • Keeping handy a flashlight and fresh batteries;

  • Having a battery-powered radio to remain informed of restoration efforts;

  • Confirming adequate packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking;

  • Avoiding opening a refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so that food lasts longer, an unopened refrigerator can keep food fresh for 24 hours;

  • Having a non-electric can opener;

  • Keeping an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing; and

  • Filling bathtubs with water as added reserves.

Residents are advised to keep safety in mind, particularly during power interruptions:

  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off carbon monoxide gas;

  • Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution when traveling;

  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;

  • Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors;

  • Operate cards and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage; and

  • Avoid travel along roadways as hazardous conditions may cause driving accidents, including those involving utility poles which may cause power interruptions.

Customers can stay informed of storm and restoration conditions in the following ways:

  • By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson's Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit or text REG to 236483;

  • On the Web: Visit to report outages and obtain restoration updates;

  • Via smart phones: A mobile version of the Central Hudson's website can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto;

  • Through social media: "Like" Central Hudson on Facebook ( and "Follow" on Twitter (; and

  • By phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.

  • If a member of your household needs electricity to operate life sustaining equipment, please contact customer service at (845) 452-2700.

More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit

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