Nor'easter: 30K More Outages Anticipated

In addition to those still without power since Sandy, more than 30,000 will likely loser power in the Nor'easter.

High winds plus the many tree branches already in precarious situations since Hurricane Sandy will make a perfect storm for more power outages in Westchester County, Con Edison said today.

"We are certainly focused on the Nor'easter," said Con Edison Senior Vice President of Electric Operations John Miksad on a call with the media this evening. "It sounds like we are going to get hit pretty hard...we are especially concerned about the winds."

Already, approximately 11,000 customers in Westchester County and New York City have reported losing power since the storm began today.

While Miksad said he isn't sure how many of the customers out were also without power following Sandy, he said he received an email from at least one Tuckahoe resident who reported losing power twice in the past week-and-a-half.

In total, Miksad said there are approximately 40,000 without power in Westchester County. The storm will likely hamper these restoration efforts overnight and into tomorrow.

"If it gets too severe, we will be pulling out entirely," he said.

If the Nor'easter "was a normal event and Sandy had not struck, I would say this could be a 30,000-customer storm," Miksad told reporters.

But given the number of dangling branches and areas still recovering, there "could be more interruptions than would have otherwise occurred," he said.

Despite this, Miksad said the company is still "shooting for this weekend" for all Sandy-related restorations.

"In addition to that, we are still taking in additional crews as we speak to help us with that effort," he said.

fisher70man November 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Although the this Nor'easter caused more outages, Con-Ed better take care of those that have not had power for 10 days before getting those that had their power back and lost it again; schools, hospitals and true higher priority sites aside of course. Sandy outages should be restored before Nor'easter outages.
jeff meyer November 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
fisher70man, Both Sandy and this Nor'easter were well forecasted. They were not surprises. Con Ed did NOT mobilize outside and outer State utilities properly. Their "gamble" was to the benefit of their shareholders and not their customers. Being without power in cold weather is not merely a "inconvenience" as many wish to say. It is a health and safety hazard especially for the elderly and disabled. Con Ed is hardly a financially distressed corporation. They are extremely profitable. The very fact that Jersey, Staten Island and the Rockaway's are suffering terribly (very sad indeed) should not abdicate the responsibility that Con Ed has to all of its customers . Governor Cuomo talks a mean game. It remains to be seen if he actually has any bite. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
BG7 November 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I agree, 10 days without any heat or power is too much, should be front of the line.
fisher70man November 08, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Supposedly O&R is tending to Sandy outages before the Nor'easter outages. Let's see if Con-Ed is that smart. I think we're all on the same page here. The lack of planning and foresight when both these storms were forecasted well in advance is appalling. I'm on 10 days now and saw a Canadian utility crew on my street yesterday only to have them leave with no power restored to my block and neighboring areas which are on the same circuit. I drove around to see if they were working up the street and around the block and they were, but Con-Ed workers nor vehicles were no where to to be found. Just heard that Cuomo fired his emergency mgmt chief because he diverted crews to work on his personal property. +1 brownie point. Let's see how much more he does with the utilities.
Patricia November 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
These storms were well forecast and that leaves me wondering why there were so many people on the road driving their cars during the storms. I would normally not defend Con Edison but this storm was larger than what they are equiped to deal with. Not having power is very inconvenient and hopefully we will have power back soon. Watching everyone panic over the gas shortage and power outage is disheartening. I never realized how weak the people of this area were.


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