O&R Restores Power To 6,700; 1,700 Remain Out as Winds Continue
O&R and contractor overhead line and tree removal crews worked overnight to repair damage and restore service to approximately 6,700 customers whose power was knocked out by the destructive rain and wind storm, featuring winds gusting to 45 mph in some areas, that pounded the region yesterday afternoon and through the night.
Those high gusty winds continue today. The National Weather Service has continued a high wind advisory for the region until 6 p.m. today. O&R expects those continuing winds will impact its service restoration efforts.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, O&R estimates that the vast majority of the remaining 1,700 customers whose electric service was interrupted by storm damage will return to service by today at 11 p.m.
O&R’s has mobilized its emergency storm response team, including company and contractor overhead line and tree removal crews, customer service operations and the wide array of O&R departments that support those efforts.
In addition to its company crews, contractor overhead line and tree removal crews, O&R also has secured an additional 25 overhead line technicians from its mutual aid partners and local private contractors.
Smart Meters Will Help Service Restoration
Those customers who already have smart meters installed will realize an added benefit as storm restoration progresses because O&R will communicate with their smart meter to determine whether the customer at that location has power or not.
There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:
• Go to the O&R website 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
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.
• Pole-top transformers --- those small grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles --- also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.
• Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.
• 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.
• Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.
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