Lightning is believed to be the cause of the transformer fire at an electrical substation in Kingston Tuesday afternoon.

A fast-moving, and powerful line of thunderstorms rolled through the Hudson Valley Tuesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and lightning.

The heaviest damage occurred in Ulster County, which as of right now approximately 5,000 customers remain without service, the majority within the City of Kingston.

Lightning is believed to be the cause of a transformer fire at an electrical substation in Kingston, and is being addressed by utility crews and  emergency responders.

Central Hudson crews are developing plans to re-route power to restore service to the city, expected to take place over the next several hours.

Customers are urged to report their power condition and to stay informed of the storm and restoration status. Customers can Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and use the automated system or speak to a representative to report or monitor your power condition.

You can also use Cenhud.com or follow Central Hudson on Facebook.

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