Hudson Valley Prepares For Nor'easter Storm

(Newburgh, NY) -- Utility companies in the Hudson Valley are preparing for the season's first nor'easter. Forecasters predict remnants of Tropical Storm Willa will bring drenching rains and strong winds overnight into Saturday. Con Ed officials say they have over 130 additional utility contractors at the ready to help if needed with restoring power lines and clearing roads blocked by fallen trees and wires.

Meanwhile Orange and Rockland Utilities has declared a Storm Watch for their service area.  They say severe storm activity, especially as most leaves remain on trees, has the potential to cause tree, utility pole and power line damage, and possibly widespread electric service interruptions.  O&R says its emergency storm response team is ready to repair damage and restore power as needed.

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