Central Hudson: More than 70,000 affected by storm

Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian said Friday afternoon that it was still “difficult to provide meaningful information” regarding power outages in the region. “Remote areas might be out for several days,” he said at 4:45 p.m. Friday. “Unfortunately it is an ongoing storm. New outages are still being reported, some right after restorations. This will be a multi-day effort, and we’ll be working throughout the weekend.”

Maserjian said that more than 70,000 customers have been impacted by the storm. “There are some 1000 individual damage points. Some areas have significant snowfalls, combined with strong winds and saturating rain. Whole Trees falling on to power lines. All of our crews are working through today and through the weekend. into early next week.” He said mutual aid crews arrived today from Quebec, and that tree trimming crews are out alongside of repair crews.

The hardest hit counties, according to Maserjian, are Ulster, Dutchess and Greene. “Ulster county is reporting about 25,000 outages. Hardest hit are Esopus, Hurley, Town of Olive, Saugertes, both the town and the Village and Woodstock. It’s one of the most severe storms to have hit our service area. It’s in the top 10 in the last 50 years. It’s widespread. We are seeing severe damage here. As the weather subsides, it will get better.”