April 4, 2017
With strong winds expected to sweep across large portions of upstate New York, National Grid is prepared to mobilize field crews and support personnel to address any resulting outages and equipment damage, and urges customers to be safe.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a high wind warning from noon through 11 p.m. in western New York. The high winds are forecasted to impact Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Northern Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Southern Erie Counties. These and other areas could experience power interruptions, and National Grid wants its customers to be both prepared and safe.
“Our first priority is always the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid’s New York vice president. “We will continue to track this storm, and have plans to make sure our crews are ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”
National Grid has invested more than $3 billion dollars in strengthening its upstate New York electricity and gas system in the last five years.
National Grid asks customers to stay alert for electricity service interruptions:
National Grid also advises staying tuned to local media for important announcements from emergency officials about possible evacuations or other emergency procedures. In most areas, information on storm shelter locations is available by calling 211. Also, please check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance in a service outage.
National Grid offers several ways to stay informed and safe – before, during and after a storm:
Click here for a video on how National Grid restores power after a major storm.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).