Con Ed prepping for storm, potential power outages

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The high winds and heavy rains expected with Hurricane Sandy may knock out power in areas of the city.  In preparation for the storm, Con Edison has thousands of employees working around the clock to respond to any problems with electric, gas, and steam systems.

” The company has secured over 700 external contractors, including line workers, tree crews and damage assessors, to assist with storm restoration,” Con Ed said in a press release.

Downed trees and power lines remains a high possibility with sustained winds at 50 mph with gusts at 80 mph forecasted with the storm.

Underground electrical equipment may need to be shut down if low-lying areas begin to flood, the company said.  This allows the equipment to avoid extensive damage and allows crews to restore power more quickly.

Customers can report downed power lines, outages at or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).