FACTBOX-Irene power outages leave nearly 5 million in the dark

Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:25pm EDT

 Aug 28 (Reuters) - Nearly 5 million homes and businesses along the U.S.
East Coast faced a night without electricity on Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene,
downgraded from a hurricane, continued to wreak havoc on power grids in New
England even as it weakened, according to reports from power companies.
 New York City avoided the extensive damage and power loss that had been
feared. For more see [ID:nN1E77R00E].
 While Irene's visit took less than a day, work to restore power will likely
take weeks and cost millions.
 As skies cleared and high wind retreated, some utilities along the eastern
seaboard began sending workers to assess damage. Utilities normally spend the
first hours after a storm looking at overall system damage so proper equipment
and workers can be dispatched when restoration work begins in earnest.
 "With the passing of the storm, the damage assessment has begun," John
Bruckner, president for National Grid's Long Island transmission and
distribution services, told reporters.
 Utility line crews and tree trimmers will converge on storm-damaged areas.
Many customers will have power restored in the first 24 to 48 hours, but full
restoration is likely to take weeks, utility officials warned, due to
flooding.
 Outages in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine jumped to nearly 1 million
customers as the tropical storm headed north toward Canada.
 Irene also left thousands of other coastal residents served by electric
cooperatives and other public power agencies without service.
 The level of outages caused by Irene surpasses Hurricane Wilma's 2005
record when 3.2 million customers lost power as Wilma ripped across the Florida
peninsula.
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AREA            POWER COMPANY                 CURRENT OUTAGES          PEAK
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VIRGINIA        DOMINION RESOURCES (D.N)         705,364           1,200,000
CONNECTICUT     CONNECTICUT LIGHT & POWER        612,721                  
LONG ISLAND     LONG ISLAND POWER (LIPA)         471,000                  
BALTIMORE       BGE (Constellation) CEG.N      466,045                  
NEW JERSEY      PSEG (PEG.N)                     392,000                  
NEW JERSEY      JERSEY CENTRAL P&L (FE.N)        373,000                  
MASSACHUSETTS   NATIONAL GRID                    318,831                  
PENNSYLVANIA    PECO (EXC.N)                     297,000                  
RHODE ISLAND    NATIONAL GRID                    278,349                  
DC/MD/VA        PEPCO POWER (Pepco) (POM.N)      172,180                  
N CAROLINA      PROGRESS ENERGY (PGN.N)          150,835             440,000
PENNSYLVANIA    MET-ED (FE.N)                    120,000                  
NEW JERSEY      ATLANTIC CITY (Pepco) (POM.N)    109,083                  
NEW YORK        NYSEG                            107,000                  
MARYLAND        DELMARVA POWER (Pepco) (POM.N)   104,277                  
NEW YORK        CON ED  (ED.N)                   101,179                  
N CAROLINA      DOMINION RESOURCES (D.N)          70,835                  
MAINE           CENTRAL MAINE POWER               50,000                  
TOTAL                                          4,899,699           1,640,000
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 (Reporting by Eileen O'Grady, Bernie Woodall, Selam Gebrekidan, David
Sheppard, Jeanine Prezioso, Joshua Schneyer; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Braden
Reddall and Dale Hudson)





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