NYSEG Responding After Severe Weather Disrupts Power to Thousands of Customers

Overnight storms cause widespread outages across the Binghamton region

BINGHAMTON, NY — July 8, 2021, 9:30 a.m. — NYSEG is responding severe weather associated with overnight thunderstorms impacted the region. Currently, approximately 17,000 customers in the company’s Binghamton division are without power. The Binghamton division includes Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties. Due to the severity of damage associated with this storm, crews are currently working to assess the damage, make safe downed wires and clear fallen tree debris from the roads. Early reports indicate extensive widespread damage as a result of the storm, including downed transmission lines. Complicating restoration efforts, are additional thunderstorms expected to impact the region today. Given the degree of damage, customers should plan for restorations to extend into Friday, with isolated pockets of customers being restored into the weekend.

As an example of the weather experienced during the overnight period and this morning, the National Weather Service has reported a peak wind gust of 92 mph early this morning on Lillie Hill Road in South Apalachin. The company reports a number of fallen trees and limbs, which have resulted in damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

The company is urging customers to limit travel unless necessary. The company’s storm response team is fully engaged and crews will continue to work until every customer is restored. The company is coordinating response efforts with state and local emergency management authorities.

Stay Informed:
NYSEG will continue to provide updates throughout the event to the general public on the company’s website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). The company also offers customers the following reminders to stay safe during a power outage.

  • Use our new 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.
  • 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 for NYSEG


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, 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 priorities are 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

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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) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $36 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns 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 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.

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Media Contact:

  • Michael Jamison
    Michael.Jamison@avangrid.com
    203-997-7906 (cellphone)