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National Grid prepares for possible power outages as high winds hit

National Grid prepares for possible power outages as high winds hit

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 01, 2021 02:19 PM
Created: March 01, 2021 12:49 PM

National Grid says they're ready for possible high winds Monday into Tuesday.

That includes having extra crews on standby, and double-checking on customers that need power for life-saving equipment.

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories and high wind warnings for our area, with possible gusts up to 60 miles per hour in parts of our area.

Remember, if you lose power, you can stay on top of everything by downloading the First Warning Weather App.

MORE INFORMATION: National Grid Emergency Response Plan

POWER OUTAGE LINKS: National Grid | NYSEG | Green Mountain Power | Eversource | CenHud

National Grid is offering the following outage safety tips:

If a power outage occurs, customers can notify National Grid online to expedite restoration.

Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or by calling 911.

Generators used to supply power during an outage must be operated outdoors to prevent the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid's system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our crews and your neighbors.

Customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid at 1-800-642-4272. (In a medical emergency, always dial 911.)

Keep a number of working flashlights and an extra supply of batteries in your home and be sure to charge all electronic devices before the storm.

Please use caution when driving near emergency responders and crews restoring power.

Be sure to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage.

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