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As of Monday afternoon, 6,800 Central Hudson customers in Ulster County remain without power following...

As of Monday afternoon, 6,800 Central Hudson customers in Ulster County remain without power following Friday’s winter storm that left up to three quarters of an inch of ice and sleet, the most Ulster County has experienced in over 20 years. By Monday evening, 95 percent of customers will have their power restored, with full restoration coming by Tuesday, the utility said in a press conference on Monday.
The historic storm that moved across the United States to the Northeast encased trees and wires in ice that resulted in 81 broken utility poles, 24 reports of wires down, and a total of 65,000 power outages in the region reported to Central Hudson. Ulster County bore the brunt of the region’s outages with more than 46,000 customers there left without power on Friday. Service in Columbia County was restored but trouble persisted through the weekend in Ulster County, home to Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock and Ellenville. 

Over 1,000 utility workers were deployed from across the country to help power restoration efforts, the largest force ever assembled for any storm in the utility’s 120-year history.
“That has made an enormous difference,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul at a Monday briefing. “That’s how you have the opportunity to go from 65,000 homes without power just a few days ago to having the power restored.”

By Monday night, Central Hudson said that 95 percent of power will be restored in Ulster. The areas hardest hit, including Marbletown, Rosendale and Woodstock, will get their power back on Tuesday, according to the utility company.

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Around 100 roads in Ulster were closed due to the storm, and 14 remain closed as of Monday. New York State deployed 24 members of the National Guard to assist with answering the Ulster County Recovery Service Center hotline and at the county’s warming centers, which received cots, blankets, food and water from the American Red Cross.  
Local, county and state officials and first responders helped move vulnerable community members to warming centers and provide them with needed medications. A 92-year-old celebrated his birthday on Monday at the Rosendale warming center.
“He was playing cards with one of his new best friends and told me that in the 1940s and 50s he traveled the world singing in performances,” said Hochul. “Of course I asked him to sing a song for this.”

A 92-year-old #UlsterCounty resident celebrated his birthday at the Rosendale Warming Center by singing a song to the Governor. Thank you @GovKathyHochul for coming and for your leadership.
— Ulster County Government (@UlsterNY) February 7, 2022

As the county nears full restoration, officials warn community members to be wary of frozen or burst pipes. New York State Department of Financial Services contacted over 150 insurance providers in the county to make sure there are adjusters on the ground.

“We believe that homeowners will discover issues with their homes, whether that’s a burst pipe or other damage from the storm,” said Jackie Bray, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, at the press conference.

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