Assessing the damage from the storm

December 15, 2010 11:13:05 AM PST
Crews are trying to restore power to thousands of customers in the tri-state area. People throughghout the region were left in the dark by thunderstorms that leveled trees and power lines. The blackout numbers are big.LATEST POWER OUTAGES:

New Jersey

PSE&G - 57,000 still out, largest outage areas include Jersey City, Belleville, Newark, Cliffside Park, Nutley, Bloomfield and Teaneck.
JCP&L - 1,700, mostly in Somerville area and in Newton/Sussex area
ORU (Bergen) - 583

Long Island - 1506 Islandwide, mostly in North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington

NYC - 3,536
Brooklyn - 16
Manhattan - 134
Queens - 46
Staten Island - 9
Bronx - 164

Westchester (Con Ed) - 1,600 (Additionally, NYSEG is reporting about 1100 customers out in parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Some of these customers may not have power back until Friday. NYSEG is also reporting 6150 customers out in parts of Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware Counties -- likewise some of these folks will be in the dark until Friday.)

Connecticut Light & PowerT - 13,700, mostly southern Fairfield and NW Litchfield Counties. Significant outages in New Canaan -- with additional outages in Westport, Norwalk, Greenwich, Stamford and Darien.

Orange County - 350

Rockland - 17


Service on the Morris & Essex Lines, including MidTOWN DIRECT service from Dover and Gladstone, is subject to significant (1-2 hour) delays due to storm damage.

Impacted customers may use their tickets and passes on NJ TRANSIT buses, DeCamp buses and Newark Light Rail. However, due to limited capacity, customers are advised to crowding conditions. Customers are advised of the following alternate travel options:

  1. Newark Light Rail will cross honor rail tickets and passes between Grove Street Station in Bloomfield and Newark Penn Station. At Newark Penn Station, customers can connect to Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains to New York.
  2. NJ TRANSIT bus lines 11, 28 and 34 provide frequent service along Bloomfield Avenue (through Montclair, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge) to Newark Broad Street Station where customers can connect to MidTOWN DIRECT trains to New York.
  3. DeCamp Bus Lines provides service between affected communities and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.


There is no train service today on the New Canaan Branch resulting from damage to the overhead catenary power system caused by last night's storms. Only limited bus service is available at this time. Customers are advised to go to Stamford station for train service, if at all possible.


PATH service between 33rd Street and the Journal Square and Hoboken stations has been restored in both directions following a service disruption due to power cable damage caused by a track fire between the Christopher and 9th Street stations.

Normal PATH operations are expected for the Wednesday morning commute. Regular service also will operate on the Newark-to-World Trade Center and Hoboken-to-World Trade Center lines.