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Outage Outrage Continues: Thousands Still Without Power After 2 Nor'easters Pound Area

March 09, 2018 - 4:00 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Thousands of people are still in the dark, many a full week, after the first of two powerful storms hit the Tri-State area.

And many, including lawmakers, are outraged.

"We have a crisis on our hands," Westchester County Executive George Latimer told 1010 WINS. 

"Do you have them out there going to the areas that can do the most good, or are you sitting in a corporate boardroom?" Latimer asked Con Ed and NYSEG executives.

He also called on them to resign.

Con Ed CEO John McAvoy said the company will do an assessment of its performance after power is restored. He said the utility is focused on repairs, not criticism from Gov. Andrew Cuomo or County Executive Latimer.

McAvoy said by Tuesday, the utility had met its goal of restoring power to 90 percent of customers following last Friday's storm, but it was like starting over after Wednesday.

"Large limbs came down, many trees completely uprooted, and the result of that is that we're not just repairing our system, in many cases we're actually rebuilding it," he said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also expressed frustration with utility companies for not being better prepared as 100,000 customers are still without power in the Garden State.

Murphy has promised a detailed review of utility companies.

Con Ed says fewer than 13,000 Westchester customers are still without service.

New York State Gas and Electric says it expects to have power back to at least 90 percent of its customers in Westchester and Putnam by late Saturday.

But not all residents believe it. Cary in Briarcliff Manor told our Roger Stern, "No idea at all, can't imagine it's going to be anytime soon."

Orange and Rockland utilities still have more than 16,000 customers out.

In New Jersey, JCP&L and PSE&G are trying to bring just over 100,000 customers back on line. Morris County has the most outages at 28,000 on Friday.

AccuWeather says we could see another storm on Monday.