RG&E preparing for Saturday wind gusts, urging public to be ready


WEBSTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Saturday, News 8’s meteorologists here are predicting record-setting wind gusts. RG&E is asking customers to be prepared for the worst.

Sarah Warren of RG&E says now is a good idea to make sure you have candles, your flashlights are in working order and your electronics are fully charged. She says given the nature of this event tomorrow, it is tough to predict any outages right now. 

Warren says RG&E has 1,800 resources ready to go for the weekend across the state, with 500 of those resources right here, ready to respond should an outage occur. In addition to stocking up on emergency supplies, she says it’s also a good idea to take any loose lawn gear or Christmas decorations inside for the time being. Warren says, as many of us know, in forceful winds weaker trees and branches oftentimes fall into wires or poles, knocking out power. If you do have downed wires near your property, do not go near them; call RG&E or 911 right away to make the situation safe.

“We definitely encourage customers to stay inside if they see a downed wire, stay away from it, everyone should treat downed wires as live. Call 911 or RG&E immediately and we’ll get someone out to make the situation safe. The same thing with if you see a tree branch hanging on a wire– do not attempt to touch it, the wire could be live and it’s a very dangerous situation,” she says.

Warren says tomorrow, RG&E will have everyone out working to fix any outages and keep the community safe.

“We have crews that work 24/7 during storms. We have crews that are not only on the line, we have crews behind the scenes: damage assessors, wire guards…people who are working hard to communicate with our customers on social media. So it’s all hands on deck when there’s a storm.”

Warren says it is a good idea to sign up for ‘outage alerts’ on the RG&E website to be ready for the weekend.

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