LATEST: More Than 528,000 New Yorkers Still Without Power

The state is keeping a running tab on the number of outages and restorations.

As of 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, more than 528,000 people throughout the state are still without power.

Patch is receiving constant updates from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office and will update this list throughout the day.

Here's the status of outages in the state as of this afternoon:

Power Outage Update:

*Total customers without power (statewide): 528,160:

  • LIPA: 270,264
  • Con Edison: 41,409
  • National Grid: 50,135
  • NYSEG: 88,305
  • Central Hudson: 56,896
  • Orange & Rockland: 21,151


Con Edison is reporting that 90 percent Westchester customers will have power back by Sept. 1 O&R is estimating that 95 percent of its customers will have power back by Friday. NYSEG estimates that 90 percent of its customers in northern Westchester should have power back by Friday night.

Peter August 29, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Why hasn't NYSEG restored any customers and why are they not responding to how long it will take to restore power?
Satta Sarmah August 29, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Hi Peter, The story has been updated with the latest state information. NYSEG has restored power to 129,500 customers.
JG August 30, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Unfortunately few, if any, of the NYSEG restored customers are in Westchester. In fact, when I called NYSEG today, they told me that their crews are only assessing now, and that repairs won't begin until after the assessments are completed. Their total lack of communication with regard to restoration times is unacceptable. Lastly, their backup crews are first enroute now from Colorado. That will take days to reposition those trucks. The local, state and federal politicians need to put pressure on NYSEG. They all urged the public to prepare. Clearly NYSEG didn't get the message.
Bjorn Olsson August 30, 2011 at 01:25 PM
If the power lines were underground, we would not have weeklong outages after every storm.
DarbCU August 30, 2011 at 02:18 PM
The only problem is, underground lines cost a lot more than overhead lines, and the only way to recoup that money is by raising bill prices (and we know that is the last thing everyone wants!) Plus, the average restoration time for an overhead outage (non-storm day) is less than 2 hours where the average time to restore an underground section is more than 4 hours. Believe me when I say that underground lines are also not as reliable as you think...
Daniel Palevski August 30, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I think you're right, Bjorn. When travelling in Europe i always admire how it seems most of their power lines are underground, even in non-metro areas. To Darb's comment - I think that this would be a great opportunity for federal government stimulus spending and help create jobs. When disaster strikes, this creates an unexpected sudden stimulus of sorts as federal funds are dispersed to help communities desperately try to piece their lives together. Having a planned, centralized effort towards preventing such unseen consequences by putting our electrical lines seems like a much more civilized approach.
Dan Griffin August 30, 2011 at 04:57 PM
We have underground lines and the power is still out. It's the overhead lines that feed our underground lines that always cause the problem. Con Ed's infrastructure and maintenance is horrible. They are always reactionary, never proactive.
Bjorn Olsson August 30, 2011 at 05:47 PM
I can only speak from personal experience, having lived in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, where I can't remember seeing a single utility pole. Power outages can still happen, but not because of falling tree limbs, and they don't last for days. Here, we have at least a couple of multi-day outages every year. How much does THAT cost in lost productivity and emergency around-the-clock repairs? Are you really sure your bill would be higher? Two hour restore for overhead, but how many times in that section's lifetime compared to an underground line? We never lose gas or water by the way, since they are both distributed safely underground.
Peter August 30, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Hello, Hpw could NYSEG report 125,700 customers out with 129,500 restored, yet the entire Town of Lewisboro awaits restoration? I am not joking we are all out of power, except those with generators.
Teleman August 30, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Yes, it would be great to have all utilities underground- but the companies will not do it because of the up-front cost-also many other problems come into play- most new housing developments are buried now though.
Bjorn Olsson August 30, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Changing the code for all future construction and replacement would be a great first step.


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