(The following press release from Con Edison was received by e-mail. The
sender verified the statement.)
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE
CON EDISON RESTORES 320,000 CUSTOMERS
NEW YORK - Con Edison crews have restored electricity to more than
320,000 customers since Hurricane Sandy's departure.
The hurricane is the worst natural disaster to strike Con Edison's
Safety is the No. 1 priority for our customers, Con Edison employees,
and contractors. Crews still face thousands of wires down in New York
City and Westchester County, where more than 500 roads are closed. Trees
also block access to wires and equipment throughout the system and
hundreds of vaults are still flooded.
The company expects to make significant progress restoring electricity
over the next seven days due to Thursday's damage assessment and field
Additional overhead crews from around the country continue arriving from
as far away as California to help get power back.
The utility said although it has restored power to some areas of
Manhattan, more than 100 buildings may still be without electricity due
to basement flooding or damage to local equipment.
As of 5 a.m. today, Con Edison reported approximately 570,000 customers
out of service. That included 226,000 in Manhattan, 84,000 in Queens,
35,000 in Brooklyn, 54,000 in Staten Island and 31,000 in the Bronx. In
Westchester County, the company reported 140,000 customers out of
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service
restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com
<http://www.coned.com/> . They also can call 1-800-75-CONED
(1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers
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.
The company is advising its customers to pay close attention to reports
from city and municipal officials. Con Edison will continue to provide
updates through the media as the storm moves closer. Important
information will be posted on the company's website, www.conEd.com.
For instructions on how to report an outage, click here:
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
* Use extreme caution before going into a flooded basement. Know
whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear
high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a
wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth. Keep children out of
basements where there is water.
* If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat
all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch
them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from
view by 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 you still have power, charge your cell phones, lap tops and
other mobile devices, so that they'll work if you do lose power.
* If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to
prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.
* Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated
radios are working. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra
batteries. Weather updates and news on power outages can be heard on
most local radio and television stations.
* Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every
time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the
thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for
approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen
for approximately 24 hours.
The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office
of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of
Emergency Services and company personnel are working closely with city
and municipal emergency officials.
CONTACT: Media Relations
November 2, 2012
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