With winds approaching and exceeding 70 mph today National Grid has a series of tips and advice for when high winds hit and cause trees and power lines to topple.  These seem to be common sense reminders but it's amazing how often people just don't use their heads in an emergency situation.

  • Never touch downed power lines and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires.  If you see a downed power line, called National Grid immediately or your local police or fire department.
  • Always keep working flashlights at hand and at least one battery operated radio with extra batteries.  When a high wind storm is imminent, be sure to charge mobile devices beforehand so you can keep connected if the power goes out.
  • When power is disrupted, public water supplies and private wells are sometimes affected, so keep a supply of bottled drinking water as well as canned food to get you thru an emergency.

There have been numerous reports of trees down and power outages all over Western New York today.

To receive text message alerts and updates from National Grid, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743).