News Release -- Region Under High Wind Warning

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, Dec. 31, 2018) –Residents are urged to prepare for forecasted high winds by bringing in loose objects, signing up for emergency alerts, and preparing their homes and families for potential power outages.

The region is under a high wind warning, according to the National Weather Service, starting late this evening and continuing through early Tuesday morning. Possible impacts include downed trees and power outages.

EMERGENCY ALERTS: The 911 Center can notify residents of Monroe County by home phone or now by mobile phone in case of emergency using Hyper-Reach. Home phones are already registered, but citizens must register their mobile phones. If Police or Fire Officials need to notify citizens of an emergency they will call or text registered numbers. To register click here:

WHO TO CALL: Call 911 ONLY if you are in need of police, fire or ambulance services. Call 311 if you have questions about City services.

PREPARING PROPERTY: To mitigate property damage, pick up loose objects, inspect trees for loose or damaged branches and reinforce windows and doors. Please bring pets inside!

POWER OUTAGES: To report downed power lines or power outages, call Rochester Gas and Electric at 1-800-743-1701. Refrain from touching or removing tree debris from downed power lines. If you smell gas, leave the property and call 911. 

For information on preparing your family for power outages, visit


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at (585) 428-7135.