Con Edison Media Relations
November 5, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE
CON EDISON RESTORES NEARLY 84%
OF CUSTOMERS HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY
Monitoring New Storm Forecast for Later in Week
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews, working around the clock, have restored electric service to more than 800,000 customers, or nearly 84 percent of all those who lost their power from Hurricane Sandy's fury.
As of 10 a.m. today, Con Edison said approximately 156,800 customers were without electricity, out of an estimated 950,000 affected. That includes 3,500 out in Manhattan, 40,800 in Queens, 22,800 in Brooklyn, 15,000 in Staten Island and 6,700 in the Bronx.
In Westchester County, the company reported 68,000 customers out of service. Approximately 150,700 customers had their service restored.
Con Edison expects to have the vast majority of those impacted by the storm restored by the weekend.
While Con Edison continues to return electricity to customers since Hurricane Sandy moved out, the company is monitoring the rain and wind forecasted for later this week. The company said high winds and heavy rains could delay work on homes and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy and could cause additional outages.
Con Edison continues to urge customers in the areas of Mid- and Lower Manhattan that were affected by outages during Hurricane Sandy to conserve energy as best as possible while crews work to reinforce the company's underground systems.
The company says customers can help by refraining from using non-essential appliances, such as washers and dryers. The company is also in contact with building owners to limit their use of certain elevator banks or other equipment.
More than 2,400 utility workers from as far away as California are working in New York City and Westchester County to assist in restoration efforts. More than 200 additional outside utility workers are arriving in New York today and tomorrow. Since Friday, Con Edison has been building two new base camps in FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights and at the Queens Hall of Science to host the out-of-town crews. Con Edison has camps and staging areas at Rye Playland in Rye, Citifield in Queens, and Miller Field in Staten Island.
The safety of customers and workers remains Con Edison's No. 1 priority. Crews have been responding to more than 100,000 downed wires in New York City and Westchester County. The company is working closely with emergency services personnel to open blocked roads and streets.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com. They also can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.
The company is advising its customers to pay close attention to reports from city and municipal officials. Important information will be posted on the company's website, www.conEd.com..
For instructions on how to report an outage, click here: http://bcove.me/6sx1yox5
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
- Never operate a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage. Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.
- Use extreme caution before going into a flooded basement. Know whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth. Keep children out of basements where there is water.
- 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, 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.
The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and company personnel are working closely with city and municipal emergency officials.