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NYSEG Prepares for Storm, Heavy Rain and Gusty Winds

NYSEG is preparing for high winds and rain associated with incoming storms expected to hit the service area Thursday evening through Friday. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact the entire NYSEG footprint, which includes the Southern Tier.

As members of the public head out to trick-or-treat during Halloween, the company urges folks to be aware of their surroundings, as downed wires could be hidden under leaves or other debris on the road and sidewalk. NYSEG also encourages residents to pay close attention to any warnings issued by local emergency management officials.

Current forecasts call for rain to begin Thursday afternoon and continue throughout the overnight period. Early Friday morning, high winds with gusts reaching upwards of 60 mph are expected. Softened soil conditions as a result of Thursday’s rain, coupled with gusty winds on Friday, have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

NYSEG urges customers to monitor forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions. The company’s storm readiness team is monitoring weather forecasts, planning, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and have additional contract tree and line crews ready to help restore service should outages occur. NYSEG is also coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities and have dedicated additional resources to locations where early voting is taking place.

[su_note]NYSEG will provide updates throughout the event to the general public on its website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).[/su_note]