Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thousands Lose Power in Westchester County, the Bronx and Queens

According to Con Edison's storm center roughly 15,000 Westchester residents have lost power as Tuesday night's thunderstorms and high winds sweep through New York.

The outages extend into the Bronx and Queens in New York City. Almost 800 Bronx residents have lost power and about two hundred in Queens. To the north, the blackouts stretch up to Peekskill, near the northern boundary of Con Ed's territory. (UPDATE: Queens power returned in many neighborhoods by 1 a.m.)

Just a handful of residents are in the dark in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.

Con Ed customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status online by computer, cell phone, or smart phone at www.conEd.com.They can also call 1-800-75CONED (1-800-752-6633).

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.

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.

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