Utility companies prepare for high winds

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PIERMONT -

Utility companies prepared for strong winds and possible outages after the National Weather Service issued a high-wind advisory for the Hudson Valley for much of Wednesday.

Officials at Orange & Rockland, Con Edison and NYSEG issued warnings about this week's windy weather, saying they had extra crews in case they needed to dispatch more linemen to hard-hit areas as gusts of up to 45 mph buffeted the area.

Orange & Rockland officials said that even though it may not feel like gale-like conditions, they were predicting some worrisome weather. "The high predictions are troublesome for us because a lot of our work is 40 feet up in the air on top of the poles. So we're concerned about that, we're concerned about trees coming down, that sort of thing," said O&R spokesman Mike Donovan.

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