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Con Edison Crews Ready for Possible Storms Today

Company Urges: Stay Away from Downed Wires

Con Edison is prepared to respond to any service problems caused by thunderstorms and winds that may hit the area later today.

The energy company cautions everyone to stay away from downed wires. Strong winds may knock trees and branches onto power lines, causing customers to lose service. Crews will give priority to making repairs that will provide power to the most customers quickly, then restore smaller groups and individual customers.

The company has arranged for more than 500 mutual aid and contractor workers to help restore any customers whose service is affected by the storm. Meanwhile, Con Edison is also preparing for the possibility that the remnants of Hurricane Laura could affect the area during the weekend.

Customers can sign up for text alerts at conEd.com/text. Customers can also report outages and check service restoration status at conEd.com/reportoutage, or with Con Edison’s mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

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.

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 tips to help customers get through a storm safely:

  • 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 up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and 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 Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm response if needed.

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