NewsCon Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2008
CON EDISON RESPONDING TO RAIN & WIND OUTAGES
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews are responding to scattered outages caused by tropical force winds that knocked trees and limbs into power lines throughout its service area overnight, predominantly in Westchester County.
As of 7:00 a.m., the company was reporting approximately 1,100 customer outages in Westchester County. The company has restored approximately 7,000 customers since the start of the storm on Saturday and expects most customers to be restored this afternoon, but some customers with significant damage are expected to be restored by 9:00 p.m. tonight. As the wind-storm continues, additional outages may occur.
Con Edison is urging any customer who loses power to notify the company by calling 1-800-75-CONED. Customers with Internet access can also report outages online by going to www.conEd.com. They can also check on estimated service restoration times, although restoration times may not be available while the strong winds continue and damages are still being assessed by crews. Customers should not assume the company is aware that they are without service.
Con Edison has additional staff available to assess any damage, in addition to tree-trimming crews, skilled mechanics expert at making repairs to overhead equipment, and safety personnel. The company is in contact the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to keep them up to date on all efforts.
Here are some safety tips to prepare for storm outages:
For more storm tips and preparation, and estimated restoration times, go to the company’s Storm Central site at www.ConEd.com
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