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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2011
7:45 a.m.

HURRICANE IRENE UPDATE

CON EDISON RESTORES 80 PERCENT
OF CUSTOMERS HIT BY IRENE

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews have restored electric service to 80 percent of the customers affected by Hurricane Irene.

Approximately 150,100 of the 187,800 customers who lost power as a result of the storm have been restored to service. For the latest outage numbers updated every 15 minutes, please go to www.ConEd.com/OutageMap.

Con Edison crews have focused on working safely while reconnecting customers throughout New York City and Westchester. Nearly all New York City customer restorations are expected to be completed late tonight, and nearly all Westchester customers are expected back in service by late Thursday night.

Flooded roads, inundated manholes, and littered and twisted tree limbs, trunks, and downed wires continue to hamper restoration efforts. Crews from utilities as far away as Texas, Colorado, and Kansas are assisting Con Edison with restoration efforts.

Con Edison is reminding customers of important safety messages:

  • Treat all downed wires as if they are live.
  • Avoid standing water or puddles, which may hide downed wires.
  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and local police departments immediately.

Customers can use their mobile devices, as well as computers, to report power interruptions or service problems www.conEd.com. They also may call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

The company is working closely with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and The Westchester Office of Emergency Services other emergency officials to monitor and respond to the effects of Hurricane Irene.


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