Exercise Caution During and After Severe Storm
As Sandy arrives in the Hudson Valley, Central Hudson is reporting that more than 5,000 customers in Ulster County and more than 3,000 in Dutchess County are currently without power.
With the arrival of damaging winds and rain associated with Hurricane
Sandy, Central Hudson customers are being reminded to avoid hazards by
observing states of emergency; keeping away from downed power lines;
and following safety guidelines at home. “Hurricane Sandy is forecasted
to be an extremely significant event here the Mid-Hudson Valley, and
impacts are expected to be widespread,” said James P. Laurito, President
of Central Hudson.
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.
SAFETY NEAR POWER LINES
• You cannot tell if a downed power line is energized just by looking at it. Assume all lines are live and stay away from them.
• Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines.
• Call 911 to report any down wires.
• Do not drive over downed power lines.
• Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located.
• If your car comes in contact with a downed power line while you are
inside, stay in the car. Honk your horn to summon help, but direct
others to stay away from your car. Stay inside and wait for rescue
crews. Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are
standing on the ground. If you do, you will become a path for
electricity. In the event of a fire, jump clear from the car without
touching the car and the ground at the same time; then shuffle away,
keeping both feet on the ground at the same time, and taking care not
to contact any wires or touch any object near the site of the