Over 1 million still without power across Tri-State, mass transit a mess after Isaias

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August 05, 2020 - 7:11 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Over 1 million people were still without power and mass transit was recovering in the Tri-State area on Wednesday morning after Isaias brought damaging wind and rain Tuesday.

As of 6 a.m., the outages included at least 320,769 PSEG-LI customers on Long Island; 308,996 PSE&G-NJ customers and 570,961 JCP&L customers in New Jersey; 192,784 Con Edison customers in New York City and Westchester; 81,992 Orange & Rockland customers; and 583,781 Eversource customers in Connecticut.

In all, there were at least 772,910 outages in New York state, 990,116 outages in New Jersey and 702,449 outages in Connecticut.

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Some customers could be without power for days after the storm downed branches and power lines. Con Edison said it had more outages from Isaias than any storm except Sandy in 2012.

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Cleanup was expected to take days, with thousands of trees and power lines down across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. There were at least 13,000 trees down in New York City alone.

LIRR, Metro-North and NJ Transit all had to suspend operations at the height of the storm, with signal damage, downed wires and hundreds of downed trees affecting operations.

Crews were working to get mass transit up and running again Wednesday, including some 11,000 MTA personnel who were out overnight clearing debris and repairing damage.

Subway service had been restored by Wednesday, while service was still changed or suspended on many LIRR and Metro-North lines. Most NJ Transit lines were still temporarily suspended as crews worked to restore service for later in the day.

The fast-moving storm claimed at least one life in New York. Mario Siles, a 60-year-old construction contractor, was sitting in a van parked in Briarwood, Queens when a massive Pin Oak came down on top of it, police said. A woman was also critically injured by a tree in Brooklyn.

At least two tornadoes were confirmed in New Jersey, including in Ocean and Cape May counties.