Tag Archives: power outage

Manhole fires and power outage hit Woodhaven area


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

An electric blowout left 1,218 residents without power in the Woodhaven area for an hour Thursday morning, according to a Con Edison spokesman.

Three manholes spewed out flames and power lines above ground also burst into flames at about 6:15 a.m., according to residents on 95th Avenue and 96th Street where the event occurred.

“I woke up to a popping noise and I saw tons of black smoke coming out of the [manhole] covers,” Irene Kesluk said. “The power lines were on fire and there was that acrid smell in the air.”

Kesluk said that her lights flickered during the outage but power was quickly restored. Con Edison responded to the flames with cleanup crews. The crews spent the afternoon cleaning out the black stained manholes.

According to a Con Edison worker on site, the electric blowout was caused by an over use of electricity by residents in Woodhaven.

National Grid and Verizon were also on site but there were no reports of gas lines being affected, but Kesluk said her landline was currently not working.

Nearby there was a smaller power outage that affected three Con Edison customers, according to the electric company’s spokesman. They still do no have power but they expect the area to be restored later in the afternoon.

“Con Ed and the fire department responded very quickly,” Kesluk said as she watched clean up crews hose out one of the burnt manholes.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com


Today’s Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind 8 to 10 mph. Friday night: Clear, with a low around 42. North wind 6 to 8 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: LIC Bar: Benefit for Long Beach/Rockaways Hurricane Relief

Two longstanding sister restaurants, Austins Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens and Bourbon Street in Bayside, will host a benefit with half the proceeds benefiting relief efforts for the Long Beach and Rockaways communities. A ticket will include an open bar with a complimentary buffet. There will be live music at both venues, as well as guest bartenders from the surrounding Queens areas. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Petraeus talks at last and says no classified info shared with ‘mistress’ Paula Broadwell

In his first public remarks since resigning as CIA director last Friday over an extramarital affair, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share any classified documents with his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA’s role during the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that prompted him to step down. Read more: Daily News

Obama lands at JFK, tours areas hardest hit by Sandy

President Barack Obama landed at JFK International Airport just after 11:30 a.m., where he was greeted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Read more: Queens Courier

Stranded: Scores of Brooklyn and Queens seniors still without power in cold, dark apartments

Scores of fragile seniors living in storm-ravaged Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods are still holed up in deplorable homes without power, heat, or working elevators. 18 days later, many elderly residents in Zone A, the flood-prone evacuation district along the city’s coastline, haven’t been outside since Oct. 29. Read more: Daily News

Ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi to be released on parole in December

After nearly two years behind bars for a pay-to-play scandal, former city and state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole last night, the state’s Department of Corrections said. Hevesi was successful in his second appearance before a state parole board and is scheduled to be released by December 19. Read more: Queens Courier

Two Catholics schools shut down by Sandy share a crowded building

It’s been almost three weeks since students from St. Camillus School in Rockaway Beach and Ave Maria Academy in Howard Beach were in class. Both Catholic schools in Queens suffered serious damage in the storm. But on Thursday, the Howard Beach building was ready to reopen, so both schools moved in for classes. Read more: NY1

Pols pressure LIPA to restore power to Rockaways


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

Nearly two weeks after Sandy struck the Rockaways and devastated southern Queens, politicians at the state and federal level called upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several utility companies to restore power back into the region.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the main utility provider for the Rockaways, has come under criticism for what some electeds have called a lack of response to the darkness on the peninsula. Goldfeder said he was disappointed the utility company could not even provide a number sheet of how many were still without power, or when power would be restored.

“I asked LIPA ‘can you provide me with a fact sheet that I can give to people in my community?’ And they said ‘we’re working on it, we’ll have it to you by four o’clock today,’” he said. “Eleven days into this thing and you’re working on your fact sheets and your information for the people of the community? It’s, it’s crazy.”

LIPA has yet to respond to requests for comment.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, set to represent the peninsula starting in January, said that while the storm — and a Nor’easter just a week later — halted recovery, LIPA needed to give residents a solid time frame of when their lights would be restored.

“It’s been more than a week, but when LIPA says they’re going to restore their power tomorrow, then you know what, people take them by their word, it should be tomorrow — not two days later,” he said. “If you’re going to give a time frame, try and stick to it. Don’t get the people’s hopes up. For safety’s sake, let’s get the street lights up.”

Addabbo and Congressmember Gregory Meeks both said accurate numbers and clear communication was needed between the communities and LIPA.

“People in the affected areas need precise answers to when and how services will be restored, what is being asked of them, and what assistance is available to help them to prepare for the restoration of power, heat and water,” Meeks said.

Thousands more lose power after second storm strikes area


| brennison@queenscourier.com

019

Efforts to restore power to the thousands of Queens residents still without electricity was dealt another blow yesterday when another storm swept through the area, halting recovery efforts and adding thousands to the list of those without lights.

Con Edison restored power to about 90 percent of those tho lost electricity during Sandy before a nor’easter poured several inches of snow on the borough.  An additional 9,000 residents in Queens had their power knocked out yesterday by the storms high wind, heavy snow and rain.

Restorations were delayed temporarily yesterday due to the storm’s high winds making it unsafe for crews working on overhead equipment, Con Ed said.

Crews got back to work last night when the winds died down, a spokesperson said.  The company expects all customers, including those who lost power yesterday, to have power restored by the weekend.

 

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com


Today’s Forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

Event of the Day: Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave

Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd. Find our more or view more events

Ex-St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang rejected sweet plea deal before suicide

In the end, disgraced St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang chose death over a life of dishonor — even at one point rejecting a sweet plea deal of two to six years in a so-called Club Fed prison, the Daily News has learned. Read more: Daily News

Gov. Cuomo fires Emergency Management chief over Sandy tree removal: sources

Office of Emergency Management boss Steven Kuhr was fired after allegedly sending workers to clear a tree in his Long Island driveway as other victims of the storm suffered, sources said yesterday. Read more: NY Post

Nor’easter brings snow, surges to storm-shocked city

A nor’easter brought heavy wind gusts and a snow Wednesday to a city trying to recover from last week’s superstorm, and coastal communities in the five boroughs were forced to endure another round of storm surges. Read more: NY1

Councilman James Sanders rips LIPA over Rockaway power outage

As tensions mount on a powerless Rockaway peninsula, the barbs being tossed at the Long Island Power Authority are becoming harsher with each passing day. City Councilman and soon-to-be state Sen. James Sanders Jr. blasted the utility on Wednesday and its top executive Michael Hervey after Sanders was told many of LIPA’s customers in Queens could be without power for up to three more weeks. Read more: Daily News

New York AG goes after post-Sandy price gougers

The state attorney general yesterday slapped a subpoena on Craigslist, demanding that the popular Web site identify sellers who jacked up prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies, The Post has learned. Read more: NY Post

Ex-con who shot Nassau County cop and motorist dead should be thrown in prison for the rest of his life: prosecutors

The Queens ex-con who gunned down a Nassau County cop and a motorist near Belmont Park to avoid returning to prison should spend the rest of his life behind bars, prosecutors said Wednesday as the alleged triggerman was indicated for murder, robbery and weapons possession. Read more: Daily News

Power outages throughout Queens


| brennison@queenscourier.com

mini-blackout7w

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.

Severe storms to strike city this evening; isolated tornadoes possible


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Rain

Isolated tornadoes are possible as part of the severe storms that are expected to hit the city this evening.

Powerful thunderstorms are forecasted to reach the city between 5 and 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The storm’s  strong winds, heavy rain, large hail and threats of tornadoes prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center today.

“New Yorkers should be especially aware of the weather conditions when making their travel plans today and monitor local news reports and weather alerts throughout the day,” Cuomo said.

Residents face lightning, winds nearing 60 mph, hail up to one inch in diameter and one to two inches of rain per hour, according to the NWS.

The NWS issued a special weather statement that expires at midnight.

 

More than 2,500 Queens residents without power


| brennison@queenscourier.com

File photo

More than 2,000 Queens residents are without power thanks to a powerful storm that swept through the area with high winds, rain and hail.

Downed power lines have knocked out electricity for approximately 1,000 Con Edison customers in both Fresh Meadows and Middle Village.

A spokesperson for the company said overhead wires are susceptible to braches, rain and hail during thunderstorms.

Con Ed workers are currently at the scene.

The company estimated the power will be restored in these areas by approximately 3 a.m.

Outages of this sort are easier to restore than infrastructure problems, the spokesperson said.

These are not the only areas experiencing problems from the storm; nearly 500 residents in Maspeth are without power along with 50 in Clearview.

Other outages are scattered throughout the borough.

 

Hundreds of Queens residents without power


| brennison@queenscourier.com


The heat wave baking Queens, has left more than 500 residents without electricity.

The power outages are scattered throughout the borough.

Last night, Con Edison announced they were beginning voltage reductions to more than a dozen neighborhoods throughout the borough due to electrical equipment problems.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.

“A lot of customers don’t even notice voltage reductions that low,” a spokesperson said.

The reduction is occurring in Auburndale, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, College Point, Douglaston, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Queensborough Hill, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Whitestone.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” the spokesperson said. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

Jackson Heights has been hit the hardest by outages, with more than 400 people without power. Con Ed’s outage map stated the reason for the outage is a manhole problem.

The map says that the problem should be repaired by noon.