June 19, 2017
Albany, N.Y. – With high winds forecasted across eastern New York National Grid crews and support teams are preparing in the event that strong winds cause damage to the region’s electrical network.
Weather forecasters are calling for a severe thunderstorm watch until 8pm tonight in the Capital Region with predictions of widespread torrential downpours and high winds.
“Our first priority is always the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees,” said Peter Altenburger, National Grid director of overhead line in eastern New York. “We have been tracking this front, and preparedness plans are in place to make sure our crews are ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”
National Grid has invested more than $6 billion dollars strengthening its upstate New York electricity and gas system in the past ten 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).