MAMARONECK, N.Y. Mamaroneck Village officials received a warning from Con Edison Thursday morning that possible severe weather predicted for Thursday evening could interrupt power.
The storms could carry high winds that could knock trees into power lines, transformers and other equipment, causing customers to lose power, Con Edison said in a press statement to Westchester County and municipal officials.
Moderate to severe weather is predicted for Thursday evening. Although the National Weather Service listed no watches or warnings specifically for Westchester County as of 11:30 a.m., there was a warning in place for a region expanding from Ohio to Southern New England . The storm may have high, damaging winds and there is the possible threat of tornadoes.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement Thursday about the possibility of severe storm weather, and confirmed that he had activated the State Emergency Operations Center. He also advised residents to continue to check with weather forecasts and take safe weather precautions throughout the day.
Mamaroneck Village officials said they had received only a mild warning so far Thursday morning, but have been tracking the storm for a few days. There will be a countywide conference call at 2 p.m. with Con Edison to determine the possible severity of the situation.
We are coordinating with Con Edison and county emergency services, said Mamaroneck Village Manager Richard Slingerland.
Customers can report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com or on their cell phones and PDAs. They may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED ( 1-800-752-6633 ). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
Con Edison also released these safety tips:
- If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
- Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while youre in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
- If you have a power outage, avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
This story will be updated throughout the day Thursday.
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