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Nor’easter Prompts Another Round Of Power Outages In Westchester County

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of customers were still without power late Wednesday night in Westchester County.

Heavy, wet snow took down trees and prompted another round of power outages. 

“Today is a day that’s going to test us,” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said earlier in the day. “We still have a number of Westchester residents without power.”

Con Edison reported approximately 30,000 outages in Westchester County, while NYSEG reported about 13,900 outages.

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Some people in North White Plains had been in the cold and dark since Friday’s nor’easter took down a tree and power lines, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

“You can’t really do much from home, so you just go to bed early,” resident Karen Brown said.

She found a safe place to stay warm, charge her cellphone and enjoy a movie marathon at a nearby community center.

“Everybody’s kind of resigned to it. People are just hanging out, talking among each other, helping each other,” she said.

Meanwhile, it was a dangerous workday for crews repairing power lines on Quaker Bridge Road in Croton-on-Hudson, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported. They weaved through snow-covered wires atop slipper apple pickers.

“My hat’s off to the guys that work it, they work 24/7 on it,” resident Joe Moher told Bauman.

A little farther down the road, it was even more dangerous.

“They’ve forgotten that we’re here. As you can see, there’s a tree down on the road,” said resident Jerry Ceishner, who’s been relying on a generator since Friday’s storm. 

He said he’s stuck in a holding pattern between the village and power company.

“We keep calling and nobody knows it’s there. And they can’t put the electric back on until they get the tree cut,” he said.

“Con Edison – they say it’s not their job,” he added. “Well, I’m having people call from Florida, because I can’t get too much cellphone here.”

Those who did have power shifted their focus to shoveling driveways and clearing streets.

“I know it’s going to freeze and it’s going to be bad probably overnight,” one man said.

Officials urged homeowners to be careful shoveling, because the heavy, wet snow has been known to cause heart attacks.

Drivers also had to avoid dangerous roadblocks Wednesday, like a snow-covered tree that took up nearly half the road in Harrison. In Mount Vernon, an uprooted tree brought power lines down with it, wiping out electricity for hundreds of households.

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