(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Con Edison and received via e-mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.)
November 5, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE
CON EDISON RESTORES NEARLY 84% OF CUSTOMERS HIT BY HURRICANE
Monitoring New Storm Forecast for Later in Week
NEW YORK - Con Edison crews, working around the clock, have
restored electric service to more than 800,000 customers, or
nearly 84 percent of all those who lost their power from
Hurricane Sandy’s fury.
As of 10 a.m. today, Con Edison said approximately 156,800
customers were without electricity, out of an estimated 950,000
affected. That includes 3,500 out in Manhattan, 40,800 in
Queens, 22,800 in Brooklyn, 15,000 in Staten Island and 6,700 in
In Westchester County, the company reported 68,000 customers out
of service. Approximately 150,700 customers had their service
Con Edison expects to have the vast majority of those impacted
by the storm restored by the weekend.
While Con Edison continues to return electricity to customers
since Hurricane Sandy moved out, the company is monitoring the
rain and wind forecasted for later this week. The company said
high winds and heavy rains could delay work on homes and
businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy and could cause
Con Edison continues to urge customers in the areas of Mid- and
Lower Manhattan that were affected by outages during Hurricane
Sandy to conserve energy as best as possible while crews work to
reinforce the company’s underground systems.
The company says customers can help by refraining from using
non-essential appliances, such as washers and dryers. The
company is also in contact with building owners to limit their
use of certain elevator banks or other equipment.
More than 2,400 utility workers from as far away as California
are working in New York City and Westchester County to assist in
restoration efforts. More than 200 additional outside utility
workers are arriving in New York today and tomorrow. Since
Friday, Con Edison has been building two new base camps in FDR
State Park in Yorktown Heights and at the Queens Hall of Science
to host the out-of-town crews. Con Edison has camps and staging
areas at Rye Playland in Rye, Citifield in Queens, and Miller
Field in Staten Island.
The safety of customers and workers remains Con Edison’s No. 1
priority. Crews have been responding to more than 100,000 downed
wires in New York City and Westchester County. The company is
working closely with emergency services personnel to open
blocked roads and streets.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check
service restoration status by computer or mobile device at
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. Important information
will be posted on the company’s website, www.conEd.com.
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
• Never operate a portable electric generator indoors or in
an attached garage. Be sure to place the generator outside where
exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate
a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from
air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from
direct exposure to rain and snow.
• 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
• 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
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
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