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Reports: Power Restored For Most Con Ed Customers, Majority Of NJ Utilities Restored As Well

Power Restored

Traffic lights were working again Saturday in Hudson Square. (Credit: CBS)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Con Edison says the lights are back on in 98 percent of homes that lost power during Superstorm Sandy and Wednesday’s nor’easter.

About 20,000 customers remain powerless in New York City and Westchester County. That’s down from a peak of over 1 million affected by the storms.

The figure does not include the 35,000 customers whose homes or businesses were damaged in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

All Staten Island homes that can accept electricity have regained power.  About 47 customers in Manhattan do not have electricity. Brooklyn has 4,200 power outages. Queens has 6,000, the Bronx has 890 and Westchester has 8,500.

The utility says nearly all Hurricane Sandy outages will be restored by Sunday; in New Jersey most utility customers who lost power when Hurricane Sandy socked New Jersey should have their service restored by Saturday night.

But thousands in the barrier islands will be without electricity indefinitely, because their homes remain too damaged to juice up.

Jersey Central Power & Light has nearly 85,000 customers overall without power. The majority, including those who lost service during Wednesday’s nor’easter, will have power by late Saturday. But in cases where service wires to individual homes must be replaced, power won’t be restored until late Sunday.

Public Service Electric & Gas says roughly 12,700 customers remain without power from the hurricane, down from an original 1.7 million. Another 8,300 who lost electricity during the nor’easter are also awaiting restoration.

About 100 Orange & Rockland customers have no power, while Atlantic City Electric had roughly 2,600 outages.

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