April 3, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Urges Caution as High Winds & Cold Weather Sweep Southern Portion of the State

Governor Cuomo Urges Caution as High Winds & Cold Weather Sweep Southern Portion of the State

With Wind Gusts Expected up to 65 mph, New Yorkers Should Avoid Unnecessary Travel and Secure Their Homes

High Wind Advisory in Effect until 7:00 p.m.; Freeze Warning in Effect until April 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers in impacted communities to exercise caution as hazardous winds and cold temperatures are expected to continue into tomorrow morning in southern parts of the state. Wind gusts are expected up to 65 mph with strongest winds likely impacting communities until 7:00 p.m. A freeze warning remains in effect until Monday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. New Yorkers are encouraged to limit unnecessary travel and secure their homes as high winds can lead to property damage, as well as downed trees and power lines, power outages and difficulty driving on overpasses and bridges.

“With strong winds and cold temperatures expected to continue throughout the day, New Yorkers should plan ahead, exercise caution and ensure their homes are ready to weather the impacts of the storm,” Governor Cuomo said. “High winds may cause downed power lines and power outages – and it’s critical for New Yorkers to stay off roads and allow emergency personnel to do their jobs. The state continues to monitor the situation closely and to work with all partners to keep New Yorkers safe.”


High Wind Warning:

Bronx; Kings (Brooklyn); New York (Manhattan); Northern Queens; Northern Westchester; Orange; Putnam; Richmond (Staten Is.); Rockland; Southern Queens; Northern Nassau; Southern Nassau; Southern Westchester until 4/3 2:00 p.m.

Northeast Suffolk; Northwest Suffolk; Southeast Suffolk; Southwest Suffolk until 4/3 6:00 p.m.

Dutchess; Ulster; Eastern Columbia Counties until 4/3 7:00 p.m.

Freeze Warning:

Effective 4/3/16 8:00 p.m.

Northern Nassau; Southern Nassau; Southern Westchester; Northeast Suffolk; Northwest Suffolk; Southeast Suffolk; Southwest Suffolk until 4/4 10:00 a.m.

Winter Weather Advisory:

Eastern Dutchess; Livingston; Monroe; Ontario; Wayne until 4/3 8:00 a.m.

Putnam until 9:00 a.m.

Broome; Chemung; Chenango; Cortland; Delaware; Otsego; Schuyler; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Steuben; Tioga; Tompkins; Yates until 4/3 11:00 a.m.

Effective 4/3/16 5:00 p.m.

Allegany; Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Genesee; Niagara; Northern Cayuga; Northern Erie; Orleans; Southern Erie; Wyoming until 4/4 at 2:00 p.m.

Effective 4/3/16 7:00 p.m.

Livingston; Monroe; Ontario; Wayne until 4/4 at 2:00 p.m.

Wind Advisory:

Broome; Chemung; Chenango; Cortland; Delaware; Madison; Northern Oneida; Onondaga; Otsego; Schuyler; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Southern Oneida; Steuben; Sullivan; Tioga; Tompkins; Yates until 4/3 2:00 p.m.

Eastern Albany, Eastern Greene; Eastern Rensselaer; Eastern Schenectady; Montgomery; Northern Fulton; Schoharie; Southern Fulton; Southern Herkimer; Southern Saratoga; Western Albany; Western Greene; Western Rensselaer; Western Schenectady until 4/3 7:00 p.m.

Hamilton; Northeastern Saratoga County; Northern Herkimer; Northern Warren; Northern Washington; Southeast Warren; Southern Washington until 4/3 7:00 p.m.


  • Tie down or bring inside lawn furniture, trash cans, tools and hanging plants that could be projectiles during the storm.· If you have a basement, check sump pumps to ensure they are operating and be prepared to use a backup system.
  • Have a standby generator or alternative source of power available.
  • Check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.
  • Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors.
  • Charge your cellphones and important electronic devices
  • Stay off roads. If you are traveling, find safe shelter immediately.

If winds become strong:

  • Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered.· Close all interior doors.
  • Secure and brace external doors.
  • If you are in a two or multiple-story house, go to an interior lower-floor room.

If you lose electrical service:

  • Call your utility first to determine area repair schedules. Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when service is restored. Leave one light on to indicate power has been restored.· Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help reduce food spoilage.
  • If you have space in your refrigerator or freezer, fill plastic containers with water, leaving an inch of space inside each one. This will help keep food cold.

If you need to use a generator:

  • Before installing a generator, be sure to properly disconnect from your utility electrical service. If possible, have your generator installed by a qualified electrician.· Run generators outside, downwind of structures. Never run a generator indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas from the generator's exhaust can spread throughout enclosed spaces.
  • Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Most small, home-use portable generators produce 350 to 12,000 watts of power. Overloading your generator can damage it and appliances connected to it, and may cause a fire. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Do not operate generators indoors; the motor emits deadly carbon monoxide gas.· Do not use charcoal to cook indoors. It, too, can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
  • Do not use your gas oven to heat your home -- prolonged use of an open oven in a closed house can create carbon monoxide gas.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm.


There are 35,230 power outages statewide. Additional crews are being deployed to restore power.


PSEG has 423 line FTEs on site (including internal and contractor crews). 23 more contractor crews are in transit. They also have 249 tree FTEs and 190 service FTEs.


NYSEG has 136 line FTEs on site (internal and contractor). There are 12 line FTEs in transit from RGE to the Binghamton and Auburn divisions. They also have 15 tree FTEs and 28 support FTEs (damage assessors and wire guards).

Con Ed

Con Ed has 122 overhead line FTEs. They are calling in an additional 15 overhead contractor FTEs. They also have 44 tree FTEs and 26 ladder line FTEs to support overhead line crews. Damage assessors and site safety personnel have also been mobilized.


O&R has 110 line FTEs and 33 tree FTEs. Damage assessment and site safety are available.

Central Hudson

Central Hudson has 115 internal line FTEs on site and 45 contractor FTEs in transit (expected to arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm). They have 50 tree FTEs.

National Grid

National Grid has 46 line FTEs on site.


For more information, or to report a power outage, please visit http://www3.dps.ny.gov/ and contact your local service provider.

  • Company
  • Outages
  • CHGE
  • 3,880
  • 3,061
  • 489
  • 12,507
  • ORU
  • 1,249
  • 13,945
  • RGE
  • 99


Data is provided for counties with 100 or more outages.

  • County
  • Outages
  • Broome
  • 1,839
  • Cayuga
  • 1,014
  • Chemung
  • 270
  • Columbia
  • 207
  • Delaware
  • 2,390
  • Dutchess
  • 298
  • Nassau
  • 4,815
  • Onondaga
  • 604
  • Orange
  • 592
  • Otsego
  • 279
  • Putnam
  • 2,118
  • Queens
  • 468
  • Richmond
  • 308
  • Rockland
  • 422
  • Seneca
  • 110
  • Steuben
  • 138
  • Suffolk
  • 9,122
  • Sullivan
  • 2,865
  • Tioga
  • 305
  • Ulster
  • 2,328
  • Westchester
  • 3,903

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