O&R Restores Power to About 1,700 Knocked Out by Storms Today; Crews Working to Get Service Back to Another 530 Still Out

O&R crews restored power to about 1,700 customers whose power was knocked out this afternoon by the strong thunderstorms roaring through the region.

Crews are now working to restore service to the remaining 530 customers whose service was interrupted by today’s high winds, heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes. That turbulent weather continues into the evening hours.

O&R company and contractor overhead line crews will continue their work into this evening and through the night as necessary until all customers whose power can be restored are back in service. Those line crews are supported by damage assessment, site safety, customer service operations and a wide array of O&R teams assisting those functions.

There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:

  • Go to www.oru.com/outage from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;
  • Use the O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device;
  • Text “OUT” to 69678 (myORU); or
  • Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process:

To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers these tips:

  • 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.
  • If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.
  • Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.
  • If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call O&R toll-free at 1-877-434-4100 to let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
  • Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com

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