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O & R Declares Storm Emergency

PEARL RIVER, NY, April 16, 2018 7:30 a.m. --- O&R has declared a Storm Alertas high, gusty winds and heavy rains, with thunderstorms, possibly severe, are roaring through the area today. Severe storm activity has the potential to cause power pole and line damage, and, as a result, widespread electric service interruptions. O&R’s emergency storm response team --- including company and contractor overhead line, tree removal, customer service operations and the wide array of O&R teams that support those functions --- was activated earlier this morning and is currently making repairs and restoring service. As of 7:30 a.m. today, the storm has knocked out power to approximately 543 customers.
The outages by county are:
Bergen – 251
Sullivan – 264
Orange - 25
Rockland – 3
For the latest outage numbers, please go to the O&R Storm Center at www.oru.com.    
Winds today are predicted to be sustained at 15 to 30 mph and gusts of 35 to 45 mph.
As a result, O&R urges the public to put safety first if confronted by any weather-related electric system damage. 
O&R advises the public to stay away from downed wires and transformers, and to take other safety precautions as needed.