Putnam County was hit with a mixture of snow and rain through the evening and night yesterday, January 30, 2019 and we are expecting challenging conditions as today progresses. All Putnam County facilities are open on a normal schedule with the exception of Office for Senior Resources which is cancelling its senior programs for the day.
Temperatures today are expected to reach a high of 23 F but quickly fall to a low of -1 F. This combined with wind gusts of up to 30 MPH will create deadly wind chills of -15 F during the overnight. This is dangerous for humans as well as pets. There is also a possibility of snow squalls moving through the area during the evening rush hour. While not expected to accumulate to a significant amount they may impact the evening commute.
The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation. “The next few days will be of concern for us” said County Executive Odell “temperatures during the overnight and for the next few days, will be extremely dangerous and our first concern is the safety of our residents”.
Temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold through Friday, gradually increasing during the weekend. Make sure you have sufficient fuel for heating as well as the necessary supplies such as food and medications to limit your need to be outside. “Take some time to check on your loved ones, friends and neighbors, especially those that may need extra help during this event” said County Executive Odell.
Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.
Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.
Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.