Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 31, 2011
HURRICANE IRENE MORNING UPDATE
CON EDISON RESTORES
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews, working around the clock since Hurricane Irene rampaged through New York City and Westchester County, have restored electric service to 90 percent of the affected customers.
The company met its goal of restoring nearly all New York City customers by last night and is on pace to have nearly all its Westchester County customers back in service by late Thursday night.
In Westchester, the communities with the highest number of customers still without power due to the storm include North Castle, Cortlandt, and New Castle. In all, about 17,000 customers in Westchester are without power due to the storm.
Con Edison restores lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, and then moves on to restore small groups and individual customers who are still without power.
About 170,000 of the 187,800 customers in New York City and Westchester County who lost power as a result of the storm have been restored to service.
Hurricane Irene’s fierce winds knocked trees into power lines, poles and transformers, causing more power outages in Con Edison’s service area than any other storm in history. The previous high was 173,000 customer outages from a March 2010 nor’easter. Con Edison updates outage numbers every 15 minutes on www.ConEd.com/OutageMap.
The company is receiving assistance from utility crews here from various states, including Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
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 at 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, the Westchester Office of Emergency Services and other emergency officials to monitor and respond to the effects of Hurricane Irene.