Weather Service issues high-wind advisory
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
Central Hudson and the National Weather Service on Sunday (Nov. 2) alerted Hudson Valley residents to high winds buffeting the area, with Central Hudson reporting power outages in parts of Nelsonville and Cold Spring as well as Garrison, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie.
According to the map on the utility’s website, as of about 2 p.m. Sunday, at least 213 customers in the area of Main Street north of the traffic light in Cold Spring and Nelsonville had lost power, along with 124 in Garrison. Another nine customers in Beacon and 480 (down from an earlier count of 975) in Poughkeepsie were also reported without electricity, according to the map. Estimates of when repairs might be made varied; the utility said work might be finished in Cold Spring-Nelsonville by about 6 p.m. and in parts of Garrison by 3 p.m.
“Persistent winds have caused widespread outages throughout our region,” Central Hudson said. “Crews are working to restore service as quickly as possible. Estimated restoration times will be posted” on the Central Hudson website “as soon as they are available.” It offered the following advice for customers:
- “Wires Down: please stay at least 30 feet away from all downed wires, and report them to Central Hudson immediately by calling 845-452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714.
- “Report your outage online or by mobile device
- “Text Messaging: Register for this service using your mobile phone, text REG to 236483 (CenHud). If your cell phone is not on file, you will need your 10-digit account number in order to register. Once registered, text OUT to report your power outage.”
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, “in effect until 6 p.m., EST, this evening,” and reported winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The Weather Service added that likely impacts included downing of trees, branches, and power lines and that “minor property damage is possible. Driving will be difficult on elevated roads and bridges.”