Reuters logo
UPDATE 2-About 2.8 mln still without power after Irene-DOE
August 30, 2011 / 3:46 PM / 6 years ago

UPDATE 2-About 2.8 mln still without power after Irene-DOE

 * New York has most outages at over 525,000
 * 32 pct of Connecticut customers affected by outages
 (Rewrites throughout)
 NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Power was restored by Tuesday to a majority of the homes and businesses along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard that were hit by Tropical Storm Irene at the weekend, but more than 2.8 million customers remained without electricity, the U.S. Department of Energy said.
 The DOE said 2.85 million customers remained without power in 14 U.S. East Coast states at 1:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Tuesday, down from a peak of 6.7 million affected after Irene pelted the region with high winds and rain.
 Utility companies said it could still take days to restore electricity in accessible areas and weeks in hardest-hit regions. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  Take a Look              [ID:nSTORM]
  Factbox on outages       [ID:nN1E77T0QP] ) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^>
 Con Edison (ED.N) said it planned to restore power to all affected New York city customers by late Tuesday night while power may not be fully restored in Westchester county earlier than Thursday night because of the damage Irene caused on local infrastructure.
 “Irene took her toll on the trees and the trees took their toll on the power lines,” said Chris Olert, a spokesman for Con Edison.
 Across the Hudson river, New Jersey power provider, PSEG said in a twitter message Hurricane Irene caused the worst power outage in the company’s history.
 The DOE report on power cuts gives a break out of outages by state. New York and Connecticut -- where the outages were greatest in number -- each had more than half a million users affected by Tuesday afternoon. Connecticut had the biggest percentage of users affected, with one-third of the state’s customers without power, the DOE said.
 While New York state still had the most outages with about 525,000 customers without power, Connecticut was a close second with about 509,000 customers affected and had the largest portion of its homes and business affected, at 32 percent.
 The United Illuminating company reported widespread damage to infrastructure in Connecticut, the government said in its twice-daily report.
 Following is a table of outages as of 1:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) issued by the Department of Energy.
                                   Percent of
                Customers           customers STATE            without power        without power Connecticut         508,963               32 Delaware              3,452                1 D.C.                  3,695                2 Maine                93,995                7 Maryland            268,038               12 Massachusetts       216,889                7 New Hampshire        31,438                5 New Jersey          343,835               10 New York            525,386                7 North Carolina      147,347                4 Pennsylvania        153,883                3 Rhode Island        133,313               31 Vermont              18,088                5 Virginia            402,535               13                 -----------------------------------------------               TOTAL              2,850,857                 (Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by Marguerita Choy)   

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below