10/31/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/31/2019 13:07
That storm is due to pound the region tonight and overnight into Friday morning, with the highest winds expected between 10 p.m. today, diminishing after 6 a.m. Friday.
Storm activity, particularly the high winds predicted for late tonight and early Friday, have the potential to cause power line damage and electric service interruptions.
Stay Away from Downed Wires
Customers are reminded to consider the poor weather conditions expected and the potential for tree and power line damage when making plans for trick-or-treating or other outdoor activities scheduled for children today and Friday.
Downed power lines are very dangerous and should not be approached by anyone. Because of tonight's Halloween celebration that risk is higher as children will be walking through neighborhoods, going house-to-house trick-or-treating.
For safety's sake, don't touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.
The already rain-soaked ground and a remaining partial canopy of leaves on the trees could further intensify concerns about tree-damage. O&R crews will be ready to respond to those events as needed.
Weather forecasters expect O&R's service area to get .75 - 2 inches of rain from early this evening through the night into Friday morning with some scattered severe thunderstorms possible. In addition for that period, winds are expected to be sustained at 25 mph with gusts overnight tonight into Friday morning of 35 to as much as 50 mph. The storm is expected to begin to subside after 6 a.m. Friday.
Company and contractor overhead line crews and tree removal crews are preparing for a high-volume outage response to the storm, as are damage assessment, site safety, customer service operations and the wide array of O&R teams that support those functions. O&R also has hired over 80 extra mutual aid overhead line technicians to supplement its field teams.
To prepare for the severe weather, O&R electric and gas crews are securing active work sites through the day today to prevent wind and water damage from the coming storm.
To help understand the typical storm repair and power restoration process, please watch this video.
There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:
To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers these tips: