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FACTBOX-621,000 still without power in U.S. East due to Sandy

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:39 GMT
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Nov 7 (Reuters) - More than 621,000 homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast remained without power on Wednesday, nine days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. As the power companies slowly restore power to those left without service from Sandy, they are turning their attention to a nor'easter expected to hit the New York area later Wednesday. The nor'easter is currently whipping the coastline from North Carolina to New England, according to weather forecaster AccuWeather.com, leaving more than 1,000 homes and businesses without power in the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on the night of Oct. 29. Power companies said the storm affected about 8.48 million customers in 21 states, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. The following power companies have utility units that reported outages. Utility Holding State Current Outages Percent of Total Company Current Customers Outages Affected Versus Total Affected PSE&G PSEG NJ 190,400 11% 1,700,000 JCP&L FirstEnergy NJ 178,000 18% 1,000,000 LIPA LIPA NY 157,800 15% 1,045,000 Con Edison Con Edison NY 64,000 7% 960,000 Orange and Con Edison NY/NJ/ 26,400 11% Rockland A 242,000 NYSEG/RGE Iberdrola NY 4,400 2% 267,000 Total out now - 621,000 Note: Utilities generally do not include outages for customers that cannot receive power because their homes or businesses were flooded or destroyed. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Dale Hudson and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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