Crews will work overnight to restore power to customers impacted by severe thunderstorms on Sunday
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — July 24, 2022, 10 p.m. — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) is responding after strong winds and heavy rain associated with severe thunderstorms continue to move across the state. Currently, approximately 15,000 customers are without power of the more than 50,000 total customers impacted. The hardest hit areas are NYSEG’s Binghamton (1,360), Elmira (1,380), Ithaca (2,500), Liberty (1,450) and Oneonta (7,850) divisions, which include portions of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Chemung, Cortland, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Seneca, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, and Ulster counties.
The company’s storm response teams are fully engaged and had pre-staged crews earlier today in advance of the storms. Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the night. As it is safe to do so, crews will work through the overnight hours and until every customer is restored.
Crews are currently working to assess the damage, make safe downed wires, clear fallen tree debris from the roads and restore power when possible. After the final round of storms pass and during the daylight hours, the company will be able to complete further damage assessment to identify the extent of the damage caused by the weather event. The company is also coordinating response efforts with state and local emergency management authorities.
Early reports indicate damage from the storm includes downed power lines and broken poles. The company urges customers to remain away from storm debris, particularly in the overnight hours, as it may contain downed wires or other damaged equipment. All downed wires should be assumed as energized and be reported by calling NYSEG’s emergency line at 800.572.1131 or contacting 911.
NYSEG will continue to provide updates throughout the event to the general public on the company’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). The company also offers customers the following reminders to stay safe.
- Sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates automatically by phone, text, or email as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up for outage alerts by visiting here.
- Use our Mobile App to report and check the status of outages. To download the application, customers should search “AVANGRID” in the Apple or Android app stores and select “NYSEG”. The application is free to download.
Stay Away From Downed Wires
- Stay at least 30 feet from a downed power line.
- If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride.
- NYSEG customers should call 800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations.
During a Power Interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- To report a power interruption, use our Mobile App, visit nyseg.com/outages or contact NYSEG at 800.572.1131.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
Power Restoration Priorities
The company’s first priority is to respond to reports of downed power lines to keep the public safe. NYSEG customers are asked to call 800.572.1131 to report downed wires. Once this vital public safety work is complete, the company will:
- Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.
- Develop a detailed restoration plan.
- Make repairs as quickly as possible.
For additional information, including storm preparation tips, storm safety information, generator safety information, restoration priorities and emergency resources, visit Outage Central at NYSEG.com and on the company’s social media pages:
- Facebook: @NYSEandG
- Twitter: @NYSEandG
About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021 and 2022 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2022, AVANGRID ranked second within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.