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Con Edison Media Relations
July 26, 2012
10:00 p.m.

POWER RESTORATION UNDERWAY AFTER STORM

NEW YORK – Con Edison's crews are assessing and repairing 4,800 outages due to the severe storms passing through the metropolitan area.

As of 9:45 p.m., 1,875 customers were without power in Westchester, mostly in Cortlandt, Greenburgh, Rye and North Castle. Crews will continue restoration efforts throughout the night. The company expects the vast majority of customers to be restored by morning.

Over 630 of the New York City outages are in the Bronx, while 406 customers are without lights in Queens, 222 are out of service in Brooklyn, and 68 on Staten Island. Fourteen customers are without lights in Manhattan.

So far, about 1,700 customers have been restored. Company crews will address public safety and outages that affect the greatest number of people first and then move on to smaller outages.

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.

Con Edison offers the following safety tips:

  • Exercise extreme caution when entering flooded basements. Rising water that comes into contact with energized electrical equipment can create hazardous conditions that present a risk of serious injury.
  • 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 or leaves.
  • Avoid standing water or puddles: there could be downed wires in them that you can't see.
  • 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 lights and unplug appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.
  • If you lose power, 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.



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