Severe storms striking the area have knocked out power to hundreds of customers in Queens.
Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to pound the area throughout the night. Downed trees and limbs place power lines at risk.
Approximately 200 borough residents still find themselves without power. Earlier this evening nearly 1,500 were without electricity in Queens.
Con Ed is responding to the outages. To report power loss call 800-75CONED.
The company also issued some safety tips in the event you see a downed power line:
- If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
- Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
- Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.