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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2006


Work Goes on Around the Clock in Westchester County

NEW YORK - Hundreds of tree trunks and limbs draped over utility wires hampered Con Edison crews restoring electricity to customers in Westchester County today. Con Edison is working to restore a majority of these customers by Friday evening.

By 5:00 p.m. today, more than 31,000 customers had their electrical power restored. Con Edison employees continue to work around the clock to restore electricity to approximately 12,000 customers who remain without power. Repairs to electrical equipment in parts of the Bronx and other sections of New York City also continued. More than 200 crews are working on the storm recovery.

Winds gusting up to 68 mph toppled trees over Con Edison's wires and equipment in almost every community in Westchester County. Wednesday morning's sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph were comparable to a strong Nor'easter or tropical storm-force winds.

Safety is Con Edison's number one priority as its crews restore electrical power to customers. The company continues to warn residents to avoid any downed electrical wires, to treat any wires as live, and immediately report any downed lines to the company by calling 1-800-75-CONED.

Throughout the day, Con Edison continued to work closely with Westchester County emergency management and municipal officials to safely restore service to customers.

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