New York City’s biggest power utility is preparing to respond to potential outages as windy weather approaches the metropolitan area.

Gusty winds and heavy rain will move into the area Thursday night and intensify Friday morning before moving out by midday, CBS 2 meteorologist John Elliott said.

Wind gusts could reach 45 mph Friday morning and early afternoon.

The wind and rain are associated with the snowstorm that socked the Midwest Thursday. Heavy snow blanketed states from Missouri to Wisconsin and the powerful storm also spawned several tornadoes in Florida and Alabama, CBS 2 reported.

Snow is not expected to hit the New York area.

Consolidated Edison said the wind could cause trees and branches weakened by October’s Superstorm Sandy to fall and take down power lines.

If there are outages, Con Ed will focus first on repairs that provide power to the largest number of customers, then on smaller groups and individual buildings.

Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration at or by calling 1-800-75CONED (1-800-752-6633).

Source: CBS 2 NY


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