Major storm causes power outages throughout Putnam County. Wind gusts of up to 30 MPH expected until 7:00 PM

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains open to manage the ongoing storm raking through Putnam County. Storms are expected to continue through the early evening which will hamper abilities to provide electric restoration. All County facilities were already closed to the public and operating on a reduced staff due to Covid-19.

“Many of our facilities are without power and significant wind gusts are making it difficult for NYSEG to provide repairs safely”, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I have asked the remaining employees to check road conditions and only leave if they feel they are safe”.

The County EOC was previously open to manage the COVID-19 virus. With the addition of these intense storms, the County Executive activated the full ICS staff.

NYSEG reports that currently 14,000 customers are without power. Central Hudson reports 2,400 customers are without power.

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric will continue to work on full restoration and “Make Safe” which allows our Highway Departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. Calls regarding COVID-19 information should be directed to 211

Safety Near Fallen Wires:

  • You can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
  • Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for update