>> NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors.
WIND STORM WRAP-UP: NYSEG AND RG&E CONTINUING TO MAKE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS
IN RESTORING POWER EVEN AS HIGH WINDS CONTINUE IN SOME AREAS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, May 9, 2010 (10:30 a.m.) – Sustained heavy winds and gusts over 50 miles per hour hit the NYSEG and RG&E service areas beginning on Saturday, causing severe and widespread damage to the companies’ electricity delivery systems across 40-plus counties.
Power interruptions peaked at more than 50,000 (NYSEG: 35,000; RG&E: 15,000) late Saturday night.
Hundreds of NYSEG, RG&E and contract line and tree crews are currently working across the state to restore power to approximately 14,000 NYSEG customers and approximately 4,000 RG&E customers. Barring additional interruptions, particularly in the parts of the state where the wind has yet to die down, NYSEG and RG&E expect to have service restored to many of those 18,000 customers by tonight, although some customers are likely to be without power until tomorrow night.
The hardest hit NYSEG divisions were Lancaster, Oneonta, Geneva, Ithaca, Brewster, Elmira and Binghamton. RG&E’s Monroe County and Canandaigua service areas were hardest hit.