With strong winds blowing into WNY Wednesday afternoon, NYSEG says crews are on standby, and are prepared to be sent out if needed.
"We are always prepared to respond to power interruptions, but in a case like this our line crews, support personnel and call center are on heightened alert," says Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG.
According to the 7 First Alert Weather Team, winds could gust over 60 mph Wednesday afternoon, which is enough to knock down trees and power lines across the area.
NYSEG says its has been monitoring weather reports. Company reps are reminding people to stay away from downed power lines, even if they appear to be dead.
If the power goes out, NYSEG asks you to turn off major appliances and electrical equipment to prevent damage that could occur when power is restored.
Having a battery-powered weather radio is also recommended, since you can listen for weather and power restoration updates.
NYSEG customers are encouraged to sign up for outage alerts that are delivered to cell phones or e-mail. You can find power outage information on their website.
To report downed power lines, NYSEG asks you to call 1-800-743-1701.