High Wind Warning in effect for CNY; tips to stay safe during power outage

A High Wind Warning is currently in effect for central New York, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 11:51 AM
Updated: Apr 4, 2018 11:51 AM

A High Wind Warning is currently in effect for central New York, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

From 10 a.m. until midnight on Wednesday, a High Wind Warning is in effect for central New York, including Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Yates, Seneca and southern Cayuga counties.

During this time, strong winds 25-35 mph are expected, with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds and most frequent gusts are expected to occur Wednesday afternoon into the evening.

According to the StormTracker 2 weather team, the cold front moving into the region late Wednesday morning will bring heavy rain along with the chance for thunder. Temperatures will drop into the 30s during the afternoon and evening, with rain changing over to snow showers.

Strong winds may cause downed trees, branches and power lines, and power outages are expected.

National Grid says that more than 1,700 line, service and tree crews are on alert, along with 240 contactor crews from other areas.

National Grid offers the following information to stay safe during power outages:

- If a power outage occurs, customers should call National Grid’s at 1-800-867-5222 to expedite restoration.

- Generators used to supply power during an outage, must be operated outdoors. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our crews and your neighbors.

- Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to your local emergency response organization.

- Customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid at 1-800-6424272. (In a medical emergency, always dial 911.)

- Keep a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home.

- Please drive carefully and use caution when driving near any repair crews working to restore power.

- Be sure to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage.

- National Grid also advises staying tuned to local media for important announcements from emergency officials about possible evacuations or other emergency procedures. In most areas, information on storm shelter locations is available by calling 211.

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