Power outages lingering in parts of NY

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 8, 2018

Jersey Central reported that 121,000 customers in its territory had no power Saturday.

The impact of Friday's nor'easter continues to be felt in parts of the Tri-State area as many people remained without power on Monday. Con Edison said outages resulted when high winds and heavy snow damaged the overhead electrical-delivery system. In New York, Westchester and Putnam counties were especially hard-hit.

The airport reported that another 70 flights were cancelled by early Saturday. Travelers are being urged to contact their airlines before heading to the airports.

The area's airports slowly returned to service, but delays and cancellations continued to cause travel headaches.

The storm knocked out Amtrak service between Washington D.C. and NY before it was restored Saturday morning.

The storm littered Long Island Rail Road tracks littered with tree limbs and other debris, putting several lines out of service, including the Oyster Bay, Port Washington and West Hempstead branches.

The snow and rain ended by Saturday morning, but wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) will persist throughout the day across the region, the National Weather Service said.

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Some areas were hit with up to 3 inches of rain while others were doused with almost 2 feet of snow.

Gusts of more than 90 miles per hour downed trees and power lines across the region.

Westchester County's executive is angry at a utility's response to the severe storm that swept through his county.

He said this storm could be less powerful, and was unlikely to match the strong winds that toppled so many trees Friday.

"[I'm concerned] that the wires that are down all around my house are live and the street is not closed off and something else is gonna happen", she said.

Officials acknowledged the pace of repairs by utility companies, saying there will be a top to bottom review, but right now the priorities are to get everyone's power up and running again and make sure the streets are safe.

NYSEG did not immediately answer messages seeking comment. The utility says it will provide restoration times as soon as they become available.

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