Over 1.5M in Tri-State still without power 2 days after Isaias

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August 06, 2020 - 7:18 am
Power outages Isaias

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Over 1.5 million customers remained without power in the Tri-State on Thursday morning, two days after Tropical Storm Isaias slammed the area with high winds and rain.

Thursday's total outages were down from about 2.5 million across the Tri-State reported in the wake of the storm.

As of 6 a.m., there were 276,379 PSEG customers impacted on Long Island, including 117,401 customers in Nassau and 156,276 in Suffolk.

In New Jersey, there were 144,988 PSE&G customers and 358,660 JCP&L customers in the dark.

Con Edison reported 148,844 without power, with the most outages—78,484—in Westchester. There were about 70,000 outages in New York City; Queens had the most at 36,216.

The utility Orange & Rockland had another 85,397 without power in the Hudson Valley.

Meanwhile in Connecticut, Eversource reported 543,183 outages, while United Illuminating had 80,273 outages.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York City and surrounding areas and ordered a probe of utility companies.

Cuomo blasted utility companies as having shown “reckless disregard” for storm planning and directed a state regulator to investigate their preparation and response.

“The large volume of outages and the utilities’ failure to communicate with customers in real time proves they did not live up to their legal obligations,” Cuomo said in announcing the Public Service Department’s probe.

PSEG on hard-hit Long Island said Isaias was one of the strongest storms it has seen in recent years and that crews were working around the clock to restore power.

Con Edison said Isaias knocked more of its customers offline than any other storm except Sandy. Officials said more than 7,000 power lines were knocked down in the five boroughs.

Cuomo’s emergency declaration applies to New York City and Long Island, as well as Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam, Columbia, Ulster and Sullivan counties, and enables the state to better aid in clean-up efforts.

In New Jersey, Joseph Fiordaliso, head of the state’s public utilities board, said he anticipated 80% of customers would have power restored by Friday night but that harder-to-reach areas or areas where the storm caused extensive damage would take longer.

Gov. Ned Lamont also called for an investigation of Connecticut’s two largest electric utility companies Wednesday.

Lamont asked the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to look into Eversource and United Illuminating and find out why they were not prepared for a quicker response, calling their power restoration efforts “wholly inadequate.”

The tongue lashing from Lamont came hours after he declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to provide services such as helping to clear roads.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.