NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of people remained without power Sunday as staggering temperatures continue to slam the city.
As of 9 p.m. Sunday, 925 Con Edison customers were without power. JCP&L reported more than 2,000 customers remained in the dark.
In Orange and Rockland counties, 44 were still without power, and PSEG Long Island said 4,200 customers were still experiencing outages. PSE&G in New Jersey said 1,800 customers were still affected.
The sweltering heat and humidity has been causing scattered power outages. In Fresh Meadows, Queens, residents said they were plagued with rolling blackouts on Saturday.
At one point, over 2,000 ConEd customers were affected. Crew had hoped to restore power by 4 a.m., but there was still work to do.
On Saturday, Con Edison crews worked to restore electricity at West 146th Street in Harlem after a primary feeder cable failed during a record-setting demand for power.
CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported it felt like 102 degrees in Central Park on Sunday, as relief won’t come to the Tri-State area until Wednesday.
It will feel like 95 to 100 on Monday as a heat advisory is in effect for the city tomorrow.
In Jackson Heights, Queens, residents escaped their hot, dark homes and jammed into a city bus that had air conditioning on high, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
“I felt like as if I was getting suffocated by the heat,” said Joshua Lovato.
In this and some other cases, it is believed overhead wires simply overheated and sparked.
On Utica Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, a melted power line next to a gas station came down sizzling, and without warning.
“I was opening the car door to take something out of the car and the wire just fell,” said Christina Morrison of East Flatbush. “It just dropped — just like that.”
Firefighters also had their work cut out for them. According to the FDNY, two firefighters had to be hospitalized after they were overcome by heat battling flames in a 14th floor apartment at the Polo Ground Towers in Harlem.
People are also being reminded to conserve electricity: turn off appliances when they are not needed, set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher, and use energy-intensive appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers late at night, or early in the morning.
Cooling centers will remain open throughout the city this Sunday.