Thousands Without Power in Tri-State Area

More than 100,000 people are still without power on Monday, after a strong nor’easter tore through the tri-state area on Friday.

A State of Emergency remains in place for Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Westchester Counties in New York.  More than 85 percent of the outages in New York are in these counties.

The storm caused extensive damage to the infrastructure of the utility companies.  That includes broken utility poles and damage in hard to reach locations.  That has complicated the recovery efforts.

“First responders, utility workers and thousands of other individuals have been working around the clock to help Hudson Valley communities recover from this week’s winter storm and a great deal of progress has been made,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  “That said, with tens of thousands of New Yorkers still without power, a great deal of work remains and we will not rest until it is complete.”

Cuomo has dispatched members of the National Guard and the New York State Department of Transportation to help with the power restoration and the cleanup from the storm.

As of Monday morning, New York State Electric and Gas had more than 63,000 outages and Con Edison had another 41,000.  In New Jersey, JCP&L was reporting 72,000 people in the dark.

“Every relevant state agency is working with the utilities to assess all means necessary to restore power to all as quickly as possible,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter.

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