Con Edison Prepares For Thanksgiving Eve Snow and Rainstorm

Con Edison crews will be ready to respond to any power outages that occur as a result of a snow and rainstorm expected to hit the New York area before the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven.

The weight of the snow expected to fall Wednesday could bring down power lines, causing customers to lose power and creating a safety hazard. In addition, road salt will mix with melting snow and could damage underground electrical wiring, possibly leading to outages.

Anyone who sees downed wires should stay away from them, as they may be live. Do not touch downed wires with your hands or any object. Be aware that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs or water.

Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status at www.coned.com/reportoutage or by calling 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.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Also, download Con Edison’s free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view the company’s interactive online outage map.

Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm:

*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 or televisions 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/sm
Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.

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.

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