NewsCon Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 11, 2007
CON EDISON PREPS FOR THUNDERSTORMS AFTER HEAT WAVE
NEW YORK – As the heat wave breaks, Con Edison crews are preparing for late-afternoon thunderstorms expected across the area today.
Across New York City and Westchester, the company’s focus this afternoon will move to addressing any effects of the anticipated thunderstorms and subsequent showers.
Additional repair crews and call center personnel will be available to respond to any outages and service problems that result.
Tuesday’s peak-electric load rose to 12,478 megawatts at 5 p.m., the eighth-highest day ever on the utility’s all-time list. The all-time peak usage record is 13,141 megawatts, set on August 2 last year at 5 p.m.
The company urges customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at www.conEd.com, or by calling Con Edison’s toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
In the event of severe outages, primary distribution feeders will be restored first, with the highest priority given to lines that supply the most customers remaining out of service. Next, crews will restore secondary facilities, such as transformers and secondary cables, with highest priority given to lines supplying the most customers. Individual services and lines serving single home will be restored as crews become available.
Con Edison offers the following storm tips:
The company will maintain close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate a response to effects of the storm.
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