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Still no power for 12,000+ in NY, 43,000+ on East Coast

September 5, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - More than 43,000 households and business along the Eastern Seaboard that lost power during Irene remain without it a week after the storm.

Most were in Connecticut, which had about 17,000 customers without power Sunday evening. Virginia had fewer than 12,000 still in the dark. New York also had about 12,000, mostly on Long Island.

In New Jersey, where President Barack Obama toured flood-ravaged Paterson on Sunday, about 2,000 had no electricity.

More than 9 million customers lost power during the storm.

Scattered outages remained in North Carolina. Just a handful of customers still had no power in Rhode Island and Vermont, where entire towns were isolated by flooding. A utility spokeswoman said the outages remain where washed-out roads made it impossible to get to customers.

The number of New Yorkers customers waiting for electricity to be restored is down from nearly 50,000 a day earlier.

Consolidated Edison, the city's biggest utility, reported on Sunday that all customers affected by the storm had power restored.

The hardest hit area - on Long Island - still has almost 8,000 clients without electricity, according to the Long Island Power Authority. That's down from 37,000 a day earlier.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. says it is still working on restoring service to about 3,900.

In addition, New York State Electric and Gas in upstate New York is reporting about 750 outages, down from Saturday's 6,000.

The state's outages peaked at about 945,000 statewide Monday morning.



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