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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2008
8:50 a.m.

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:

  • Have a lights-out kit that is well stocked and handy, with a battery-operated radio or TV, several flashlights and a supply of fresh batteries.
  • In the event of a power outage, customers should protect their major appliances and any electronically-sensitive equipment, such as computers, by switching them to the “off” position.
  • Stay indoors. If you must go outside, stay away from downed and dangling lines. Treat all downed lines as if they are live and dangerous. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored. Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.

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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