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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2008
6:10 a.m.

CON EDISON CREWS CONTINUE TO RESTORE POWER KNOCKED OUT BY THUNDER STORM

NEW YORK – Con Edison said today that the company continues to make steady progress in restoring power to customers who lost service during last night’s severe thunder storm. As of 6 a.m. today, approximately 7,100 customers in Westchester County and 1,400 customers in the Bronx, the two areas most affected by the storm, remain without electric service. At the height of the storm, approximately 18,500 customers lost power.

Con Edison crews worked through the night, and will continue working today until power is restored to all customers. The company expects to have electricity back on to the majority of customers by midnight tonight.

Among the hardest hit Westchester communities are Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Rye, New Rochelle, and Yonkers. Also affected are the Riverdale and Laconia neighborhoods in the Bronx.

The company asks 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.

Con Edison offers the following safety tips:

  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. 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.
  • When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power. Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.
  • Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.

Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. In addition, important information will also be posted on the company’s Web site, www.conEd.com. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and or the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.

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