Update 4:40 pm: While Con Edison’s crews were on track to restore power to five counties following a wind-related outage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, some 27,000 customers still lost power in five counties. And they won’t get the power back until 11pm on Sunday night.
Manhattan is the only county where full service has been restored to Con Edison customers, according to a Con Edison press release this morning. Although Con Edison gave the specific number as early as Saturday, it had no power outages for each area. In Westchester County, 44,000 customers are still out of service.
Electrical problems persist in New Jersey, where an estimated 121,000 customers from three utilities ̵1; 93,621 JCP & L customers, 24,000 PSE & G customers and 3,620 Atlantic City Electric customers – are still absent. service. Power is expected to return next Tuesday.
On Long Island, 95,000 PSE & G users are still out of service. The add-on’s response inspired an investigation of the gadget’s response.
Tuesday’s storm caused a massive, 70-mile-an-hour wind in New York that caused widespread loss. At the height of the power outage, about 300,000 customers lost their power. That led Con Edison officials to view the power outage as the second worst incident after Super Typhoon Sandy.
Con Edison enlisted the help of external utility companies to help restore electricity, with 1,300 contractors working with Con Edison’s 1,700 workers. They say teams have been working non-stop for days since the storm hit, cleaning up fallen trees caught in electrical wires.
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management has managed tree-wide relocation.
“Queens in particular was the worst hit,” said Deanne Criswell, OEM commissioner for felled trees. “Right now, we have more than 1500 people working to clear trees across the city and 153 of them in Queens. We are continuing to bring in more resources and reassign some of the other staff from the City bodies to help tree removal efforts. “
Flushing, Bayside, Astoria and Woodside are taking priority to clear the fallen trees. It took the next week to remove all those trees.
“These trees are very unstable now, and with all the rain that we had before, and a little bit of rain yesterday, it makes them even more unstable. You should stay away from any trees. is not guaranteed. “No cuts. You’re just putting yourself at risk, “Criswell said, adding that residents should also stay away from power lines.
Restoration also occurred when a pop-up lost power to 180,000 customers Friday morning. The breakdown – power cut 187,000 customers in the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Harlem in Manhattan, and 77,000 customers in Maspeth, Queens.
The crew then determined that lightning was the cause of Friday’s power outages, where a transmission system caused three networks in Manhattan to cede its power supply.
Elected officials voiced Con Edison’s response to the storm, many blaming the utility for leaving tens of thousands of people in turmoil for days.
Mayor Bill de Blasio – who was a serious critic of Con Edison – said on Friday that “New Yorkers are suffering because power has not returned yet.”
“And look, I think we’ve all been frustrated over the years. We depend on Con Edison and we don’t always get the answers we need and what we need. “said de Blasio. “Ed’s are of course the only ones who can really turn on the power again. Con Ed initially said they would need Sunday. And I think that makes many New Yorkers very sad. Who wants to wait for it?” That’s so long? Why wait so long? “
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the Bronx and Queens divisions, said: “It is clear that Con Edison management was not prepared for this storm. “Con Edison said that the vast majority of customers expect to have power back on by the end of Sunday – five days after the hurricane hits. That’s not acceptable.”
Ocasio-Cortez said her office has received responses from voters worried about their medical condition requiring electronic devices for treatment. They also worry about their drugs being broken down by not being properly refrigerated.
At a press conference on Saturday, Con Ed chairman Timothy Cawley said the utility company had ordered 800,000 health checks. Cawley says people who have had food spoiled can file a claim (to do so, click here).
Regarding accusations that Con Edison was unprepared for the storm, Cawley said that criticism was not in his mind now.
“I really – myself, the entire CERT team, all of our people in the field – are really just focusing on recovering at the moment. And that’s consuming and it’s going to be spent. It costs all Cawley says.
While frustration at Con Edison’s answers sizzled on social media, an Ozone Park resident, who was just passing by Dean, proceeded to do so.
“Well, what can you do. We’ve got a pandemic, there’s a storm, and so what can we do but pray and thank God we’re still alive,” Dean said. “That’s all I can say. The lights will come back on.”
People without electricity can take some dry ice to tie them up. Here is a list of locations:
Here is where and when ice is dry:
–Park George Seuffert Bandshell, 19 Forest Park Dr. Distribution runs from 10:30 am to 9 pm
– Home Depot, 11220 Rockaway Blvd. Park in Ozone park. Delivery will be from 10:30 am to 9 pm
- Staten Island
– Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave. from 12:30 pm to 9 pm
–The Home Depot, 1806 E. Gun Hill Rd., 10:30 am to 9 pm
- Westchester County
– Yorktown Green Shopping Center, 366 Downing Dr., in Yorktown Heights, from 10:30 am to 9 pm
-New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Ave., rear parking lot, 10:30 am to 9 pm