WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.— More than 67,000 Con Edison customers were without power in Westchester County Sunday and could remain that way for several days following the unexpected snowstorm that hit northern New York on Saturday.
The hardest-hit communities are Yonkers, Cortlandt, Greenburgh, New Castle, Mount Pleasant and Mount Kisco, according to a press release from Con Edison. Crews were assessing damage caused by fallen trees and power lines Sunday afternoon.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Con Edison said more than 600 field personnel were on the job in Westchester County. The utility expects that number to grow to over 1,000 by tomorrow, as contractor and mutual aid crews from other utilities arrive.
Con Edison expects to have the vast majority of the New York City customers who were affected restored by late Monday. The vast majority of the Westchester County customers will be restored by late Wednesday.
NYSEG, as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening was reporting more than 30,000 Westchester customers were without power, the bulk of which were in Bedford, Bedford Hills, Goldens Bridge and Cross River.
Lewisboro Town Supervisor Charlie Duffy, whose town was especially hit hard by the storm, said New York State Electric and Gas has told him restoration of power for Lewisboro and other towns in Westchester "could take days, not hours."
After his tour around Westchester County on Sunday, County Executive Robert Astorino said Sunday's warm and sunny weather would help the situation.
“The good news is that it’s a warm day and we’re not fighting the elements,” said Astorino. “I urge everyone to use caution and common sense when digging out.”
Con Edison is advising those in or around damaged areas to avoid any downed electrical wires and to report any to the utility company or police. If you lose power, disconnect or turn off appliances that would automatically come on when power is restored. Con Edison customers can report damage caused by fallen power lines or outages by calling 1-800-752-6633.
NYSEG, officials remind residents using generators to properly vent them to avert potential carbon monoxide poisoning.