Wednesday’s snowstorm left more than 100,000 Hudson Valley residents without power. The hardest-hit areas included Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers numbered about 45,000 of the estimated total.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Friday, more than 7,000 Central Hudson customers remained without power as a result of nearly 500 individual outages, many of which impact one or a few customer(s) or are located in remote, hard-hit areas. The result, says a spokeswoman, is that Central Hudson is managing the largest field mobilization in its history, with more than 400 linemen and support personnel from not only other areas of New York, but from Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada. Central Hudson estimates that more than 90 percent of customers who lost electricity will have service restored either by Friday evening or Saturday at 12 noon. Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster County customers without lights can expect the Saturday noon restoration time.
Central Hudson has established two sites to distribute dry ice and bottled water Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. to those who remain without electric service. In Dutchess County, this is at the Hyde Park Firehouse; and in Ulster County, at the Port Ewen Fire Department. In addition, the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley is operating two warming centers -- in Dutchess County at Poughkeepsie Middle School and in Ulster County at the Clinton Methodist Church in Kingston.