Thursday, July 19, 2012

In Aftermath of Wednesday's Wild Storm, Con Ed Cuts Power in Brooklyn

Tree limbs down on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. By MK Metz
Extreme heat, downed trees, torrential rains, hail and flooding caused thousands of power outages across Con Edison's service area Wednesday. Nearly 12,500 of 14,300 affected customers had their electricity back as of 9:30 p.m., Con Ed reported. About 1,800 remain to be restored (at about 1 a.m.).

According to MSNBC, temperatures hit 103 degrees in Newark, 100 in Central Park, 101 at LaGuardia and 96 at JFK International yesterday.

Con Ed reduced voltage by 5 percent in some Brooklyn neighborhoods, though the company said it was OK to use air conditioning and other appliances. (Turn them off if you don't need them, however.)

The voltage-reduction areas include Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach.

In many areas the storm felt like a tornado. If you haven't seen it already,  check out this amazing photo former NFL player Dhani Jones took from a plane taking off from Laguardia, posted on Instagram.

According to the NY Daily News, a bolt of lightening apparently hit a woman in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. Also in Queens, a tree fell on a woman's car and seriously injured her.

By 6 or 6:30 p.m., the storm was gone, leaving us with cooler temperatures and a mess to clean up.

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