Con Edison Prepared For Nor'Easter, Reminds Customers To Be Safe

Stay Away from Downed Wires -- Con Edison crews will be ready to respond to any power outages caused by the Nor’easter that is expected to hit New York City and Westchester County the next two days.

The combination of strong wind gusts and snow in parts of the region could cause trees and branches to hit overhead lines, bringing the wires down and knocking customers out of power. The recent rain has already softened the ground, making it more likely that some trees may fall.

** 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 service problems and restoration status at www.conEd.com 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.

Click here to see a video on the restoration process: Link Con Edison restoration video. Depending on the severity of storm damage, crews will give priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without 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.

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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
* 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.