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Con Edison is prepared to respond to any service problems that arise as a storm passes through the region this weekend. The storm is expected to bring high wind gusts and rain.  

The company is increasing staffing in overhead-line areas where high winds are expected. Strong winds can knock trees and branches onto power lines, causing customers to lose service. Sustained rain softens the ground and can make it more likely that trees will topple.  

In the event of outages, Con Edison says it will be ready to respond, supported by line crews, damage assessors, and site safety personnel, along with customer service operations and the Con Edison teams that support those functions.  

As soon as it’s safe to assess damage and begin restoration, crews will give priority to making repairs that will provide power to the most customers quickly, then restore smaller groups and individual customers.  

Con Edison storm tips:  

  • Do not go near downed wires. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.
  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.

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