Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2011
MORE THAN 50,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER FROM FREAK FALL SNOWSTORM
NEW YORK – More than 50,000 customers have lost electric service from today’s fall snowstorm. Nearly 35,000 outages are in Westchester County; Staten Island has approximately 12,000 customers without electricity and The Bronx, about 6,000. The remainder are scattered in Brooklyn and Queens. As the heavy, wet snow continues to pile on tree limbs, additional outages may occur.
Con Edison reminds customers to remain safe as the storm continues, and avoid any downed power lines.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status online by computer, cell phone, or PDAs at www.conEd.com. They may also call 1-800-75CONED. When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power.
Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm:
In addition, the company is in close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm-response if needed.
If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, 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, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. 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.
- For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com