Con Edison Media Relations
November 10, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: 1 MILLION HAVE LIGHTS
CON EDISON, NEARING FULL
RESTORATION, HAS 98% COMPLETED
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews, joined by almost 3,500 utility workers from around the country and Canada, continued restoring service today to the remaining customers affected by Hurricane Sandy and Wednesday's Nor'easter.
Just under 20,000 customers remain out in New York City and Westchester, from the 1.067 million affected by both storms. That number does not include 35,000 living in storm-ravaged flood zones in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Those customers cannot get electric service until their own internal equipment is repaired, tested and certified by an electrician as ready for service.
All of the Staten Island customers that suffered Sandy-related outages have been restored if they were in a position to accept electricity. Just over 300 post-Sandy outages remain. Manhattan currently has 47 customers without electricity, while Brooklyn has 4,200 without power, Queens has 6.000, the Bronx has 890, and Westchester has 8,500.
Con Edison is on pace to have nearly all its Hurricane Sandy outages restored by Sunday night. The company has re-energized over 1.046 million customers, or about 98%, who lost power after Sandy surged tides and winds ashore on October 29.
Sandy caused more than four times as many outages as the next largest storm in the company's history, Hurricane Irene, which created havoc just over a year ago.
Con Edison and mutual aid crews replaced 60 miles of electric cable and responded to 30,000 damage locations. The company went through six months of supplies of utility poles and transformers in a single week.
Customers can check updated outage numbers every 15 minutes on www.ConEd.com/OutageMap.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 Sandy.