Utility companies brace for downpours and wind from remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole

Utility companies brace for downpours and wind from remnants of Nicole
Utility companies across the Hudson Valley are already bracing for downpours and wind from remnants of Nicole.
Orange & Rockland Utilities say they're building their emergency response teams, pulling overhead line crews, as well as tree removal experts and customer service reps. That way when the rain and gusty winds come through, they can respond quickly, clean up and restore electricity.
Orange & Rockland says those teams will be joined by mutual aid, which will increase their workforce to more than three times its usual size.
Orange County Emergency Management is asking people to clear any leaves and debris from drainage areas to help reduce the risk of flooding.
Some areas are also canceling Veterans Day parades.
Orange & Rockland spokesperson Mike Donovan says make sure you have a good supply of medicine on hand, pick up groceries, and have flashlights and a radio handy.
Donovan says your car can also be a lifesaver.
"The biggest thing that will help you during a storm is your car," says Donovan. “You have a battery in your car. You can go out and charge your cellphone in your car and you're back in business."
Officials also want to remind people not to touch or go near any downed wires. They could be live and dangerous.
If you see one, call the police or Orange & Rockland, and don't forget to report any outages.