The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for this afternoon, Sept 18 beginning at 12:30p for high winds in the Rockland and the Lower Hudson Valley for this afternoon through this evening. “This potential will be enhanced in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms with possible downed limbs, trees and power lines with scattered power outages.” Winds will be at 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Additionally, O&R has declared a company-wide Storm Watch today in anticipation of a major storm system’s moving through the region this afternoon and into the evening. “O&R’s first-response organizations have begun ramping up so they’ll be ready to go at the first sign of severe, storm-related damage. Storm Function coordinators have been ordered to prepare their organizations for possible activation as well,” said a press release from the utility company. “O&R Emergency Preparedness planners also are consulting with neighboring utilities about the impact along the storm’s path and have been discussing preparations with the various mutual aid organizations to which the Company belongs.”
Here’s the statement from the NWS on today’s storm:
- Description: …Strong Gusty Wind This Afternoon Through Tonight
- Wind Advisory In Effect From Noon Today To Midnight EDT Tonight.
Locations…Northeastern New Jersey…And The Lower Hudson Valley.
- Hazards…Strong And Gusty Wind. * Winds…South 15 To 25 Mph With Gusts Up To 50 Mph.
- Timing…Highest Threat Potential Is From This Afternoon Through This Evening. This Potential Will Be Enhanced In Areas Of Heavy Showers Or Thunderstorms.
- Impacts…Downed Limbs…And Possibly Trees. Downed Power Lines With Scattered Power Outages. Instructions: A Wind Advisory Is Issued When Sustained Winds Of 31 To 39 Mph… Or Gusts Of 46 To 57 Mph…Are Expected Or Occurring
Here are O&R recommendations for the approaching weather event:
- For safety’s sake, don’t touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.
- Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash.
- If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.
- Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, baby supplies and pet food. Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to their coldest settings. Fill the bathtub with water.
- Have emergency equipment within reach ‘€” portable radio, flashlights, candles and matches, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Update your personal list of emergency phone numbers. Keep
- O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.
- If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call O&R toll-free at 1-877-434-4100 to let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
- Remember, if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.
- If a family member relies on electrically operated medical devices, secure a portable generator or make alternate arrangements for care. O&R does not provide customers with generators.
- Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don’t work.
- Listen for storm alerts on the radio. In case of power outages, O&R will keep the stations updated on repair progress.
- Learn how to manually open and close any electrically powered garage door, security door or gate.