Con Edison Crews Ready to Restore Power as Severe Weather Approaches
Safety Warning: Stay Away from Downed Wires
Con Edison is prepared to respond to any service problems that arise as a storm passes through the region on Monday. The storm is expected to bring high wind gusts and rain.
More than 200 contracted utility workers are on standby duty to complement Con Edison’s own crews in restoring service to customers who may lose power during the storm.
In addition, the company will hold its crews over for extra shifts to make repairs. Line crews, damage assessment, site safety, customer service operations and the Con Edison teams that support those functions will also respond.
Strong winds can knock trees and branches onto power lines, causing customers to lose service. Rain softens the ground and can make it more likely that trees will topple.
Once it is safe to assess damage and begin restoration, crews will give priority to making repairs that will provide power to the most customers quickly, then restore smaller groups and individual customers.
The energy company cautions everyone to stay away from downed wires.
Customers who report outages will receive updates from Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available. Information on outages and restoration times is also available at the Con Edison outage map.
Today, Con Edison sent text messages to customers in Bronx, Staten Island and Westchester County, which are the areas that could be hit the hardest. The messages remind customers to be prepared and to report an outage by simply replying OUT to the text.
Con Edison personnel continue to practice social distancing to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. Con Edison is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the health emergency.
Con Edison offers the following storm tips:
- Do not go near downed wires. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands of 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 at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restoration of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
- For more storm tips and preparation, go to conEd.com
In addition, the company is in contact with the New York City Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm response if needed.