2011-01-26 / Front Page

Another Mid-Week Storm Poses Challenges

News from Local Schools, MTA, Central Hudson
by PCN&R Staff

Haldane, Garrison, Putnam Valley Schools Close

The Haldane Central School District posted a notice early Monday evening that school would be closed all day Tuesday, February 1. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday evening has been rescheduled for 7pm on February 8 in the Haldane Music Room. Garrison and Putnam Valley Schools are also closed as of Tuesday morning.


MTA Prepares for Next Winter Storm

Wintery Mix of Snow, Ice and Sleet Poses Challenges for Subway, Bus and Rail Service

With another winter storm approaching the region, the MTA is preparing for the forecasted mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain through Wednesday night. While snow has gotten all of the headlines this winter, freezing rain and ice can also have severe impacts on the roads and rails that carry MTA vehicles. The accumulation of snow from previous storms also continues to present challenges.

Each MTA agency will be activating weather plans Monday night, with deicing trains playing a prominent role. Customers are urged to monitor mta.info before traveling through the duration of the storm, to allow extra travel time and to be careful on platforms, stairs and when boarding trains and buses.

“Our entire organization is on alert for what promises to be another difficult storm, and our customers should also be alert and allow extra time for travel during the storm,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. “Each storm impacts parts of our region differently, and that appears to be especially true in this case. Please stay tuned to mta.info and news media for the latest service updates.”


Central Hudson Advises Preparing for Winter Storm

Central Hudson is preparing for the forecasted storm by monitoring weather reports and readying crews, equipment and vehicles.

If power is lost, customers should call Central Hudson’s PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714 to report their power condition, and are encouraged to use the automated reporting system. Customers with access to a computer may also report their power condition via the utility’s website, CentralHudson.com, by using the StormCentral function. Information regarding service restoration estimates, as it becomes available, can be obtained by phone and on-line, and updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. A mobile version of the utility’s website, including StormCentral, can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at http://mobile.CentralHudson.com.

Customers can prepare for damaging storms by: Paying attention to weather advisories; Keeping a flashlight and fresh batteries on hand; Having a battery-powered radio to keep informed of restoration efforts; Stocking pantries with packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking; Filling gas tanks on automobiles; Having an adequate supply of prescription medicines, cash and other necessities; and Keeping a supply of bottled water for drinking and washing, and filling a tub with water as an added reserve particularly if a water pump is used.

Customers are also reminded to stay clear of downed or sagging wires and check on frail or elderly neighbors, relatives or friends. Don’t  heat homes with unvented heaters, gas ranges or outdoor grills, as these pose a fire hazard and can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Similarly, generators should be operated only in a dry, vented location.

For more on storm preparations and safety, see the StormCentral section of CentralHudson.com.


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