Rain and High Winds Knock Out Power
Sunday, March 14, 2010
New York, NY –
Utility crews around the metro area have been working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses after rain and high winds downed power lines over the weekend. More than 80,000 Con Edison customers are still without power. In Westchester 59,830 people are in the dark, 10,451 in Staten Island, and 4,449 in the Bronx.
At the storm's peak, more than 265,000 customers in the New York City area and nearly that many in New Jersey were without service. Food warnings are in effect for rivers in the northern part of the state.
Police in Teaneck are investigating whether two people found dead Saturday night were killed by a falling tree. The tree took down power lines as it fell. In Atlantic City, the horizontal arm of a boom crane plunged 47 floors at the Revel Casino construction site; a police officer suffered minor injuries.
Getting around has been difficult because of the weather. More than 500 passengers on a New Jersey Transit train were stranded for six hours because of power supply problems. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York was suspended for hours before limited service was restored. Flights at Newark Airport were delayed by as many as four hours yesterday, and some flights bound for JFK had to be redirected to Boston's Logan Airport.