Con Edison Media Relations
Hurricane Irene Update
HIGH WINDS KNOCK OUT POWER TO 72,000 CON EDISON CUSTOMERS
NEW YORK – Con Edison said today that 72,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County have lost electrical service because of severe winds resulting from Hurricane Irene. As the weather system continues to move toward New York, the number of affected customers is expected to grow.
The hurricane’s high winds also have toppled trees and power lines throughout the company’s service area, most extensively in Queens, where an estimated 25,000 customers are without power.
As of 7 a.m., customer outages on Staten Island have reached more than 16,000; in Brooklyn, 6,000 are out of power; and the Bronx is reporting 4,500. There are minimal outages in Manhattan. There are more than 16,000 out of power in Westchester County.
The company is continuing to monitor potential flooding conditions that could damage electrical equipment in lower Manhattan and in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn.
Company crews are assessing damage and Con Edison has secured the support of 400 crews from across the country to help with the repairs. Company crews will be able to restore customers safely after the storm’s heavy winds and rain subside.
Customers can 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. They may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (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.
The company continues to work closely with the city throughout the storm. The following link to the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s hurricane preparedness Web site provides information about what to do in the event of a hurricane, as well as providing evacuation and shelter information: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/hurricane_guide.shtml.
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
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 the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.