Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: September 16, 2010
CON EDISON WORKING TO RESTORE CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY WIND & RAIN STORM
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews are working to restore power to customers throughout its service area who have been affected by the violent wind and rain storm that struck the area this evening.
As of 8:30 p.m., over 30,000 customers were without power. Of those, about 25,000 were out in Queens, 5,000 in Staten Island and there were smaller scattered outages elsewhere.
Fierce winds and heavy rain have driven trees into power lines and knocked out electricity. Crews are assessing damage, making repairs and will be working throughout the night to restore power.
Customers are urged to call Con Edison immediately to report any outages at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs.
Con Edison offers the following tips to prepare for a storm:
- 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.
- 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.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Use candles and oil lamps with care. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
- 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.
The company will maintain close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management to coordinate storm response as necessary.