Residents urged to use caution during high wind warning

MAYVILLE — With a high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo for Chautauqua County today, the County Office of Emergency Services and County Executive Vince Horrigan are reminding residents to use caution and be prepared.

The high wind warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and wind gusts are expected to be up to 60 miles per hour. These strong winds could result in downed trees and powerlines, scattered power outages and property damage.

Residents are encouraged to secure or bring in any loose items outdoors that could be blown away by the wind.

If an outage occurs, residents can reduce the risk of fire by using flashlights in the dark and not candles. They should also eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car, as traffic lights will be out and roads may be congested.

Appliances, equipment or electronics that were in use when the power goes out should be turned off and disconnected. This will prevent damage to the equipment, which could occur if there is a surge or spike when the power comes back on.

Individuals should also leave one light turned on so they will know when the power comes back on.

Individuals who are using a generator should ensure that the device is kept outdoors and in a well-ventilated area. It should always be kept away from doors, windows and vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from coming indoors.

If electrical power lines are down, don’t touch them. Keep your family and pets away and report downed lines to your utility company.

National Grid customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-NIAGARA. You can also view the Outage Map online at www.nationalgridus.com/Upstate-NY-Business/Storms-Outages/Outage-Map. This map shows outages in your area, if a crew has already been assigned to the area and estimated restoration times.

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