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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2008
11:30 a.m.

STORM UPDATE:

CON EDISON WORKING TO RESTORE POWER FOR CUSTOMERS KNOCKED OUT BY THUNDERSTORM

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews continue to restore power to homes and businesses affected by Tuesday night’s severe thunderstorms, which knocked out electrical service to approximately 18,500 customers primarily in Westchester County and the Bronx.

About 10,000 customers in Westchester have been restored so far. The company estimates that power will be returned to the majority of the 5,000 remaining Westchester customers by midnight tonight.

For the Bronx, the company has restored about 2,500 customers and estimates that power will be restored to the majority of the remaining 1,000 customers by midnight tonight as well.

Among the hardest hit Westchester communities are Mount Vernon, Rye, New Rochelle, and Pelham. Also affected are the Country Club 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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