Heat Causes Power Outages To Thousands Across Tri-State Area

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The heat wave is in its sixth day of sweltering temperatures and stifling humidity and has caused power outages across the Tri-state area.

Utilities are reporting record usage and are trying to keep-up with scattered outages. Some places in New York City and Westchester have been dealing with reduced voltage to protect the full grid.

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By 5 p.m., Con Ed reported about 12,677 customers without power in New York City. The highest number of customers in the dark was in Queens with 6,632. There were 3,023 customers without power in the Bronx, 1,395 on Staten Island, 1,617 in Brooklyn and 10 in Manhatthan, according to its website.

In Westchester, 95 customers were without power.

By 5 p.m., the Long Island Power Authority reported 2,908 customers without power, 1,509 in Nassau County and 1,350 in Suffolk County.

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In New Jersey, PSE&G reported about 4,100 customers statewide without power because of the heat. Jersey Central Power & Light has less than 1,o00 customers without power.

At 5 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported around 277 customers without power across the state.

As crews work to restore power around the Tri-state, customers in the dark spent the night sweating it out.

Queens resident Eric Brion and his son were so hot in their house, the decided to spend the night in their car with the AC cranked up. Brion says he isn’t happy with how Con Ed has handled the heat wave.

“They should have been prepared, I think they knew it was coming,” said Brion.

This morning, Middle Village, Queens resident Denise Carbone and her children are taking refuge in their air-conditioned car. They say they barely slept through the night.

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“I had to use towel because you were so sweaty,” said Denise’s daughter Caitlin Carbone.

Perhaps they can take a little bit of comfort in knowing that thousands of Con Ed customers are in the same boat.

With Friday’s triple digit temperatures, Con Ed crews were busy repairing equipment and lines that had become overheated.

“We have crews that have been working on 12-hour shifts and other crews that have been ready to quickly respond to outages as they occur to try to minimize the duration of outages,” said Con Ed spokesperson Sara Banda.

Con Ed is also asking customers to conserve energy by not using energy inefficient appliances and to set their thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Banda said that each degree lowered saves six percent on cooling costs.

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  1. HutchinsonHallie says:

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Sony laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $51.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, MetaCent.com

  2. John mv says:

    And the goverment want’s us all to buy Elecric Cars Just what the elec co need

  3. bill burns says:

    Coloreds up in Harlem blaming whitey on this. They may riot tonight.

  4. West of I-5 says:

    Uh, Richie, it’s like this: setting the thermostat at 78 degrees is the accepted norm for energy efficiency. Some folks just prefer warmer temperatures, even in the summer. The best part of air conditioning is that it dehumidifies. Finally, the US Government has been telling us to set our thermostats at 78 in summer for a long time, but what do they know. They say smoking cigarettes may lead to sickness and death!

  5. S.J. says:

    Hey Richie
    YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!
    Con Ed salaries have nothing to do with Generators! Con Ed is NOT A POWER PRODUCER! THEY ONLY BRING THE ELECRICITY TO YOU HOME! THANKS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERMENT WHO FORCED DE-REGULATION!!
    CON ED IS A TRANSMISSION COMPANY NOT A POWER PRODUCER. ABOUT 10 TO 12 YEARS AGO THE GOVERMENT TOLD CON ED IT COULD NOT PRODUCE THE POWER AND DELIVER IT. THE GOVT, MADE CON ED CHOOSE WHAT IT WANTED TO DO AND CON ED CHOOSE TO BE A TRANSMISSION COMPANY.
    SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SPEAK KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH!

  6. Hello Dolly says:

    OH HECk kiddies — about 60 years ago NO ONE had AC and we all survived.

    I don’t love Con Ed or most American power companies but if you want every CEO, CFO, politician and stock owner to do well you can’t expect service.

    ALL ABOUT GREED — and that’ s whatyou get

  7. Casandra morales says:

    Remain cool!

  8. Richie says:

    I don’t know what planet Con Ed reps are on but keeping the AC at 78 degress you might as well not have one. Show me one person who can live in a house or anywhere with it 78 degrees inside. Why doesn’t Con Ed just tell there customers not to buy AC’s because they don’t have enough power to run them. You would think after always having this problem every summer that Con Ed would get their act together and be prepared for this with there rates as high as they are the customers are entitled to much better service than they are receiving. The audacity of Con Ed to expect there customers to suffer is a disgrace and nothing they should be proud of. Maybe instead of paying there employess the outrageous salaries they do they should put some of that money towards generators. SHAME ON CON ED

  9. ZekWoo WangTung says:

    Really NOT a good time to be without power!

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