Utility crews on standby as storm could bring high winds, power outages

High winds that could result in power outages are a concern with Tuesday's impending storm.

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2020, 9:15 PM

Updated 1,394 days ago


High winds that could result in power outages are a concern with Tuesday's impending storm.
Wind speeds along the Sound Shore in Rye could get up to 40 to 60 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, winds of that speed can cause tree branches to break or entire trees to be uprooted. They can also cause slight damage to outdoor sheds, as well as to roofs and siding on a home.
Hundreds of utility crews are on standby to replenish lost power in Westchester and Rockland counties.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said Monday he recommends people bring in all lawn furniture and outdoor decorations, and have batteries and extra water on hand in case the winds, coupled with heavy rainfall, cause power outages.
He says his office has been in touch with both Con Edison and NYSEG to make sure they have crews ready to go in case there are widespread power outages in the area.
"Con Edison has indicated that they have 100 line crews that are currently activated. They have 150 additional crews coming on Tuesday morning and additional crews that'll be requested for Tuesday evening. NYSEG... the same situation. They have 18 line crews currently activated on site. They have another 50 line crews that are coming in from other areas," says Latimer.
Latimer says his team will also speak with municipal leaders throughout the county to make sure they have made preparations as well.
Central Hudson in Dutchess County is reminding everyone to stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires and anything they touch, as they can still be live.
The Yonkers Department of Public Works will be providing sand bags for residents who live in low-lying areas starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the city waste yard on Neppeerhan Avenue.
In case you're stuck in the house for a longer period of time without power, it's recommend you stock up on batteries, nonperishable food and water.

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