Tracking Sandy: NYSEG Readies for Power Outages

By Matt Porter

NYSEG expects power outages across region as high winds hit the Southern Tier.

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) NYSEG said Sandy's expected sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour and 60 plus mile per hour gusts could wreak havoc in some areas.

"That's our concern, the wind impact on trees and our power lines" said NYSEG spokesperson Clayton Ellis. "We know the damage will be some place in New York State, we don't know where at this point, but there's a good possibility that with outages some customers could be without power for days."

As the winds pick up over night, Ellis said NYSEG is ready as it will be for what Sandy can throw at them.

"There isn't an awful lot more we can do at this point. We have dry ice coming in. We have bottled water coming in, again we're staging that material. So that it can be sent out to the areas that are hardest hit," said Ellis. "So our preparations are well under way, we feel that we're in a good place to respond to this storm."

He said NYSEG has more than 350 line and tree workers standing by to respond to any downed power lines.

Ellis asks residents if they see downed lines or trees to call them at 1-800-572-1131.

Ellis said he asks residents not to approach any downed power lines or even trees where downed lines can be easily hidden.

"Stay far away from any downed powerlines, if there's a tree down, you may not see power line in that tree, but it could be tangled up in that tree," he said. "So you need to stay away from those situations."

Ellis said it's almost inevitable that there will be power outages with the expected winds.

He said people should be prepared by having plenty of extra water and batteries.

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