Power outages across the Tri-State

June 10, 2008 5:47:55 AM PDT
The heat wave continues this week, and Con Ed is urging customers to conserve power. Unfortunately, that's not much help to folks who are without power. Due to a fourth feeder out of service on the Upper East Side, Con Ed has reduced the area's voltage by 8 percent. Residents between East 77th Street and East 110th Street, from the East River to Fifth Avenue are asked to conserve.

Company crews are working now to repair the problems in these areas. Con Edison has asked customers in the affected areas to turn off all non-essential electrical appliances to help reduce electricity usage until equipment problems can be resolved.

Con Ed has also asked customers to conserve electricity in certain south Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The affected neighborhoods cover an area bounded by the Long Island Rail Road on the north, Shore Parkway and Gravesend Neck Road on the south, East 19th and 20th Avenues on the east, and East 15th and 16th Streets on the west. Included are the neighborhoods of Gravesend, Ocean Parkway, and parts of Bensonhurst.

The company is asking customers to refrain from using washers and dryers, and to turn off non-essential appliances, due to problems with electrical cables.

Latest Power Outages:

Officials in West Orange confirmed that a transformer blew up at the substation there. The substation is located on Prospect and Mount Pleasand avenues.

Power has been restored to nearly all of the 75,700 customers who had been without electricity.

Another outage has been reported in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. The cause appears to be from an overhead transformer, according to Con Ed. More than 1,000 are without power due to this incident.

Other power outages:

NYC -- 700 in Brooklyn, 500 in Queens, 7 in Manhattan, 400 in Staten Island, 1,400 in the Bronx
Long Island -- 1,528
New Jersey -- 995 (West Orange)
Westchester -- 1,900
Rockland -- 70
Putnam -- minimal
Connecticut -- 1,341

Heat-Related Train Service Outages:

NYC Transit has gone back to full normal service on both the F and G lines, but with residual delays on both lines.

Con Ed was able to make some temporary repairs to their system in the affected area, and NYC Transit in turn adjusted the manner in which we receive power from Con Ed to accommodate that change and are now able to operate on full A/C signal power.

Service, however, will be subject to residual delays while we line up trains and crews which had been on diversion throughout most of the day.

Generators will be kept in place as a precaution.

Eyewitness News reporter Jaime Roth has more on the sweltering heat.

Across the city, people sweltered. Heat-related emergency room visits were up 300 percent. And heat-related ambulance calls were 10 times the usual number.

Officials say 600,000 people visited city beaches Sunday, while 3,000 people visited cooling centers over the weekend.

In Manhattan, the P.C. Richards on 14th Street sold more than 1,000 air conditioners.

The heat triggered fierce storms:

In Connecticut -- lightning hit a crowd at Hammon-Asset Beach state-park. One person was killed. Four other people are in the hospital.

But Long Island was the hardest hit area. Winds there topped 50 miles an hour -- trees and power lines rained down on houses and cars.

One tree toppled across a car in a picnic area at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, sending two occupants to a hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries, regional state parks director George Gorman said.

Storms packing wind gusts estimated at up to 50 mph swirled through the area between about 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., leaving battered trees and other damage, especially on eastern Long Island, National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Wichrowski said. Suffolk County police said reports of downed trees and power lines cropped up across the area.

The storms uprooted or snapped as many as 150 of Bethpage State Park's trees and left limbs hanging from many more, forcing the closure of three of the park's five golf courses Monday, Gorman said. At Robert Moses State Park in Babylon, two lifeguard stands toppled and two storage sheds overturned, he said.

At one point, the island had 38,000 homes and businesses blacked out -- most of them in Suffolk County.