Flood watch for Putnam and other Hudson River counties
Central Hudson Gas & Electric and the National Weather Service Monday issued alerts about a heavy storm expected Tuesday, bringing strong winds and the potential for flooding in the Hudson Valley, including Putnam and Dutchess counties, and the possibility of snow for some areas.
The Weather Service announced a “Nor’easter to bring potentially heavy rain on Tuesday” (Dec. 9) with a “flood watch in effect from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night.” It forecast the beginning of inclement conditions on Monday night, including “a chance of freezing drizzle before midnight, then rain and snow.”
Central Hudson said the wintry precipitation “may cause trees and limbs to contact or fall onto power lines, causing electric service interruptions.” It advised residents to “exercise extreme caution when traveling, as fallen trees and downed lines can create hazardous driving conditions; assume all fallen lines are live, and stay at least 30 feet way.”
It likewise said they should “be aware of flooded roadways, and especially avoid water and objects near fallen lines,” which could be in contact with electricity. Central Hudson said crews were preparing for storm-related work and urged customers to:
- Pay close attention to weather advisories and storm warnings.
- Have a telephone that does not require an electric outlet to operate.
- Charge cell phones, or have a car cell phone charger.
- Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries handy.
- Have a battery-powered radio to keep informed.
- Stock water and packaged or canned foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking.
- Ensure adequate supplies of prescription medications, cash and other necessities.
- Keep vehicles refueled and good working condition.
- Avoid the use of candles for illumination.
- Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors,
- Learn about the features of StormCentral on Central Hudson’s website.
- Sign up for text messaging at CentralHudson.com/Alerts.
- Visit the Central Hudson Facebook page and “like” it to obtain updates.