With 650 electric line and tree workers dispersed throughout the region, supported by hundreds of utility staff, electric service has been restored to nearly 95 percent of Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers affected by Friday’s nor’easter. As of 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 4,400 outages remain, primarily in the most heavily affected areas of northern Dutchess County.
Central Hudson projects that nearly all remaining outages will be repaired by tonight, although significant work remains to be done. Isolated outages in the most severely affected areas, or homes requiring repairs before electric service can be connected, may take longer.
“We are using all of our available resources to restore electric service to our remaining customers as quickly and safely as possible,” said Charles A. Freni, senior vice president of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “With nearly 240 individual damage locations, crews will be working throughout the day. We expect power to be restored to nearly all remaining customers by this evening.”
Just as the repairs wrap up from last week’s nor’easter, another winter storm is set to dump 6-12” of snow on the Hudson Valley Wednesday, March 7. “While forecasts indicate snow accumulations and windy conditions, the storm is not expected to be as severe as Friday’s nor’easter,” said Freni. “As a precaution, we are preparing crews and assembling resources in the event of problems resulting from this storm, and we continue to stay abreast of weather predictions so that we can plan accordingly.”