NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The stifling conditions from the week-long heat wave were testing the patience of the power grid on Friday night.
The excessive heat warning for parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, the lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City expired at 8 p.m., but a heat advisory was issued for parts of the Garden State until 8 p.m. Saturday.
The high hit 96 in Central Park on Friday, but that’s nothing compared to the 108 — with 122 heat index — measured in Lakehurst, N.J.
An air quality alert was to continue until midnight.
Strain on the power grid has been causing scattered outages across the area, but in New Jersey and the Bronx it appears Mother Nature had the upper hand.
Earlier in the evening roughly 10,500 PSE&G customers were still without service state-wide, with a huge chunk, approximately 8,200, in the dark in Bergen County. By 11 p.m. that number in Bergen had dropped to as little as 2,500, while the rest of the state had around 1,700, officials said.
Bergenfield, N.J. residents struggled through a day without power. As night fell many were only able to light their homes with candles and had retreated to their cars to stay cool and charge their cellphones, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
PSE&G estimated that all of their customers would have power restored by midnight.
Con Edison confirmed a new record for usage of 13,322 megawatts at 5 p.m. Before Friday, the all-time peak record was 13,189 megawatts set on July 22, 2011. That mark was first broken at 2 p.m. Friday, and usage grew through the afternoon.
The utility said it had more than 10,000 outages, mostly in the Bronx, but by 11 p.m. that number was below 3,000, with most coming in the Baychester and Edenwald sections.
Jersey City Power And Light reported that 505 customers were without power, and Connecticut Light And Power had 234 customers experiencing outages. In Orange and Rockland counties only 176 customers were affected.