Restoration continues in New York City, 760,000 still without power

New York City, October 31, 2012 — Consolidated Edison restored power to more than 160,000 of the 930,000 customers whose service was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Some 764,000 are still without power.

National estimates are that Sandy left at least 7.5 million people without power in the U.S. Roughly half the states of the Union were affected, plus the District of Columbia.

Con Edison said Sandy was the largest storm-related outage in its history. The previous record was the more than 200,000 customers affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Brooklyn and Manhattan, which are served mostly by underground cables, will be restored within about four days. Restoration to all customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week, according to the utility.

October 30, Con Edison said it had to turn off power to about 160,000 people in Brooklyn and Staten Island because of storm-related strain on high-voltage power systems in those areas. Voltage to select Brooklyn neighborhood was reduced slightly as workers addressed the problem.

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