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September 19th, 2012

Central Hudson Restoring Power After Powerful Storm

A powerful storm system impacted eastern states yesterday, bringing severe winds and driving rain to the Mid-Hudson Valley, and interrupting electric service to a total of 41,000 Central Hudson customers.

At the height of the storm, power outages affected nearly 32,000 customers Tuesday evening in the hardest hit areas as follows: 14,000 in Dutchess County; 8,900 in Ulster County; 4,500 in Orange County; and 1,600 in Putnam County. Saturating rain and wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour caused extensive tree damage, breaking limbs and toppling trees onto power lines.

Line crews worked throughout the day and night yesterday on the nearly 380 damage locations, restoring electric service to nearly 20,000 customers, and are expected to continue repair work today and Thursday. As of 8:00 a.m. this morning, 12,700 customers remain without service in the hardest hit areas as follows: 7,600 in Dutchess County; 3,230 in Ulster County; 1,235 in Orange County; and 240 in Putnam County.

Customers without electric service 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 by using the StormCentral function. Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, can be obtained by phone and on-line, 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 Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices are also available by logging onto

Customers are advised to keep safety in mind during any storm emergency, including:

  • Keep away from downed power lines, and lines which may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live;
  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination;
  • Follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and operating the units outdoors; and
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation. Similarly, operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never in the garage.

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