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Con Edison: Manhattan will have power by Saturday


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the US, is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow.


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Con Edison, the power supply company that saw 900,000 customers in New York City and Westchester lose power during Hurricane Sandy, said Thursday that Manhattan should see its power return by this weekend. 

Many more customers throughout New York, however, may have to wait until the weekend of November 10th for electricity. 650,000 customers still did not have power Thursday, NASDAQ reported

Most of the power loss on Manhattan was caused by the flooding the electricity company's East 14th Street substation, which was still undergoing repairs as of Thursday, the New York Post reported

49,000 Con Ed customers in Brooklyn were still without power on Thursday, down from 109,000 on Wednesday, according to the Post. 94,000 customers in Queens, 73,000 on Staten Island and 37,000 in the Bronx were also powerless Thursday. 

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"Con Edison is marshaling resources from near and far to conduct the largest customer restoration in its history," the company said in a statement on their website. "The company has commitments from more than 1,600 external contractors and mutual aid workers from as far west as California." 

"Most of these contractor and mutual aid crews have already arrived and the rest are expected to arrive in the next few days," the statement continued. "Crews specialize in tree cutting, repairing overhead lines and underground equipment, as well damage assessments." 

However, the company's “assessment of the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Sandy” said that some of their customers throughout New York would not have will not have electricity until next weekend, New York Daily News reported

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