Nearly 500,000 still without power along East Coast

As of 9:00 a.m. EST November 9, there are 492,080 customers without power in the affected states impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter

Nov 9th, 2012

Beginning November 7, a nor'easter impacted the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with strong winds, rain or snow and coastal flooding. At 8:00 p.m. EDT October 29, the National Hurricane Center reported Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. as a post-tropical cyclone.

As of 9:00 a.m. EST November 9, there are 492,080 customers without power in the affected states impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter. This is a decrease of 269,338 customer outages since November 8.

The combined total peak customer outages from Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter (reported in the Situation Reports) are 8,661,527 from Hurricane Sandy and 150,276 from the nor'easter storm.

New Jersey

The state of New Jersey released power restoration plans from Public Service Electric and Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, Atlantic City Electric, and Orange & Rockland. The restoration plans are updated daily and can be found in the "Information Sources" section here.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported late November 8 they have over 4,000 out-of-state workers and 700 PSE&G technicians working on restoration. Since service restoration began, PSE&G has replaced at least 2,500 poles and 1,000 transformers, as well as cut down 41,000 trees, to repair widespread damage from the hurricane. The company continues to estimate that customers impacted by Sandy will be restored by the end of the day today.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania estimated November 9 that O&R remains on track to return power by day's end November 9 to almost all of its customers who lost electric service as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The company will continue to restore power to those scattered isolated areas remaining without power in to next week.

The company stated that the vast majority of the 580 outstanding repair incidents involve fewer than 30 customers each. Repairs are also ongoing to about 640 individual service lines torn down by the storms. In New Jersey; outages are concentrated in Bergen and Passaic counties. O&R team totals over 3,500 workers, including 1,000 employees and 2,500 contract personnel and is working to restore power to those customers who were affected by Sandy and the nor'easter.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy unit, reported November 8 that they estimate their customers affected by Hurricane Sandy will all be restored by the end of the weekend. The utility also estimated that customers who lost power due to the nor'easter would be restored throughout next week. Monmouth and Ocean counties, which were some of the utility's areas hardest hit by Sandy, also were the hardest hit by the nor'easter.

The company stated that many customers along barrier islands and coastal towns of Monmouth and Ocean counties cannot be completely restored because of severe damage to homes, business, roads and infrastructure. About 1,600 additional linemen arrived in New Jersey November 8 to join nearly 14,000 JCP&L employees, FirstEnergy professionals, outside contractors, and utility workers who are concentrated on restoring power following last week's Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter.

New York

Con Edison reported late November 8 that thousands of Con Edison crews are continuing to work to restore the remaining three percent of customer outages this weekend that remain as a result of Sandy and the nor'easter. The majority of remaining outages are concentrated in Westchester and Queens, with smaller numbers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Many of the outages still left in the company's service area involve small numbers of customers. In Westchester, there are about 3,600 restoration jobs that involve 11 or fewer customers.

The company is also working with the New York City Buildings Department to expedite the restoration of an additional 35,000 customers in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens whose electrical equipment may have been damaged by flooding and cannot be safely re-energized without repairs by an electrician. More than 3,000 outside utility workers from as far away as California are working in New York City and Westchester County to assist in restoration efforts.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported November 8 that the nor'easter will delay their restoration efforts. While working to restore power, LIPA is also deploying several surveying crews to better understand the damage caused by the storms. LIPA stated that they have restored 43 of the 50 substations that were out of power.

Over 14,000 restoration workers, including 8,200 linemen and tree workers from throughout the country, are working to restore power. LIPA has deployed restoration crews to build a bypass system to get transmission to the Rockaway Beach substation. The company is working together with National Grid on the restoration of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.

A taskforce consisting of LIPA, National Grid, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management is making door-to-door inspections to determine which homes and business in Rockaway are structurally safe and fit to accept power safely. The inspections are being done with the help of local electricians and plumbers.

LIPA is also working with local authorities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to make sure it is safe to restore power where water damaged electrical panels, wires, outlets, and appliances in homes and business. In areas that were flooded along the south shore, south of Atlantic Avenue, Merrick Road, and Montauk Highway, teams of inspectors are conducting assessments of homes and business.

Visual inspections are underway in towns of Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, Massap and Massap Park. The assessments are at no cost to the homeowner or business and are to determine whether electric service can be safely restored or if repairs will first be required.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported November 8 that it expected to restore power to all customers who lost power as the result of damage from Hurricane Sandy or the nor'easter by last night. Their restoration team has 3,500 front line and support personnel and includes more than 700 line and tree crews from as far away as British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota are on the job. Once all service is restored, activities such as circuit checks, making additional repairs where temporary repairs were made, and general clean-up will be conducted.

Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania estimated November 9 that O&R remains on track to return power by day's end November 9 to almost all of its customers who lost electric service as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The company will continue to restore power to those scattered isolated areas remaining without power in to next week.

The company said the vast majority of the 580 outstanding separate outage incidents involve fewer than 30 customers each. Repairs are also ongoing to about 640 individual service lines torn down by the storms. In New York, outages are concentrated in Rockland and Orange counties with smaller numbers in Sullivan County. O&R team totals over 3,500 workers, including 1,000 employees and 2,500 contract personnel and is working to restore power to those customers who were affected by Sandy and the nor'easter.

West Virginia

Mon Power, a First Energy Corp. unit, reported November 8 that, in West Virginia, restoration activities center on repair of damage caused by high winds and deep snow in the higher elevations. More than 350 off-road distribution poles have been replaced, and work continues on replacing an additional 300 off-road poles.

The majority of the remaining Mon Power customers are expected to be restored by late November 9. Restoration for customers in the most heavily damaged areas, including parts of Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties, may continue into the weekend.

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