More than 50,000 Westchester and Putnam residents remain without power following Tuesday’s storms that saw wind gusts and heavy rain topple trees and utility lines throughout the area.
As of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 57,877 Con Edison and NYSEG customers were still in the dark following the storm that brought wind gusts of up to 70 mph in the region. Workers are scrambling to clear downed trees and repair damaged power lines throughout the area on Wednesday.
NYSEG: 28,043 customers in Putnam County and 19,455 customers in Westchester County without power. In Putnam that includes 6,565 in Southeast; 5,920 in Carmel; 5,701 in Kent; 4,434 in Patterson; 4,072 in Putnam Valley; and 1,221 in Brewster, including People Before Politics Radio co-host Lorraine Lopez.
“It’s really bad out here, I’ve never seen anything like it. Trees down everywhere,” Lopez shares with Black Westchester along with the photos below. “They say it could be a week before we get power.”
In Westchester that includes 8,378 in Somers; 5,200 in Yorktown; 2,626 in Lewisboro; 1,396 in North Salem; 1,260 in Bedford; and 526 in Pound Ridge. For many NYSEG customers, there are no estimated restoration times on its website.
Consolidated Edison: 3,274 customers in Westchester County without power, including 893 in Yonkers, 343 in New Castle, 283 in Bedford, 184 in New Rochelle, 182 in Yorktown, 176 in Rye, 141 in Mamaroneck, 133 in White Plains and 116 in Eastchester, 108 in Cortlandt. Those customers should have power restored by 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to Con Ed’s website. Which would be an improvement from the restoration response from the March Nor’Easters.
County Executive George Latimer, the County Legislators, residents and local officials through out Westchester criticized and grilled representatives of Consolidated Edison and New York State Electric and Gas about the companies’ response to March Nor’easters that left thousands of Westchester County residents without power, many for as long as a week, and some for longer.
Latimer called for the two companies’ executives to step down and Greenburgh Town Supervisor and others called for customer refunds and reimbursement for customers for food and prescription medicine spoilage they lost for being without power for at least three consecutive days or more after the the inadequate response to the storms that slammed the region.