ARMONK, N.Y. – About 87 percent of all North Castle customers remained without power Wednesday morning, a day after the worst of Hurricane Sandy swept through Westchester County.
An estimated 4,278 out of 4,894 customers in North Castle were without power at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The height of the storm passed through Tuesday, and Con Edison said it could take “a few days” to repair all the damage and restore power, according to a press release. Wednesday morning, utility officials did not venture an estimate of when a majority of the outages in Westchester County would be repaired.
On Tuesday about 780,000 customers were without power throughout Con Edison's service area, a press release said. As of Wednesday morning, the outages included about 250,000 customers in Manhattan, 180,000 in Westchester County, 108,000 in Queens, 109,000 in Staten Island, 87,000 in Brooklyn and 45,000 in the Bronx. Con Edison has restored power to about 140,000 of the 930,000 customers affected at some point by the storm, according to the release.
“In overhead areas, many roads are blocked by fallen trees or flooded,” officials said, referring to areas where power lines are strung overhead. “Restoring electrical service to underground equipment demands cleaning all components of sea water, drying and testing to make it safe to restore power.”
Authorities are asking customers to report outages and downed wires to Con Edison and not through local emergency service lines. Customers can call 800-75-CONED (800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers are asked to have their Con Edison account numbers available and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with estimated restoration times as they become available, the utility said.
The previous record number of storm outages in Con Edison territory occurred in 2011, when Hurricane Irene caused about 203,000 customers to lose service, according to the release.
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