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FACTBOX-719,766 still without power in US Northeast due to Sandy

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 8 Nov 2012 22:55 GMT
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(Updates number of those without power) Nov 8 (Reuters) - A nor'easter in New York and New Jersey knocked power out for hundreds of thousands of people on Wednesday and slowed utilities' efforts to restore service to 719,766 still without power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, company data show. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) were slightly higher and included different states. The DOE pegged the outages at 761,418 as of Thursday afternoon. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on the night of Oct. 29, knocking out power to about 8.5 million customers in 21 states, according to a DOE report. The following power companies reported outages Thursday morning, according to the utilities. Utility Holding Company State Current Percent Total Affected Outages of Affected JCP&L FirstEnergy NJ 235,600 23.5% 1,000,000 LIPA LIPA NY 254,666 24% 1,045,000 PSE&G* PSEG NJ 142,000 8.3% 1,700,000 Con Edison Con Edison NY 65,300 6% 1,027,000 FirstEnergy - WV/MD FirstEnergy WV/MD 14,900 7.4% 201,000 Orange and Rockland Con Edison NY/NJ 7,300 3% 242,000 PA Total out now - 719,766 * PSEG says about 20,000 of these outages are the result of equipment failure at the Sewaren switching station, which is expected to be restored sometime on Thursday evening. Note: Utilities with fewer than 10,000 outages are not included. The following states reported outages on Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) situation reports. State Current Percent Peak outages Peak Total Outages of Attributed Outages Customers Customers to Sandy Attributed Restored - Without to Both Storms Power Nor'easter Connecticut 1,120 <1% 626,559 9,042 634,481 Massachusetts 8,768 <1% 298,072 11,595 300,899 New Jersey 392,315 10% 2,615,291 22,083 2,245,059 New York 343,211 4% 2,097,933 102,885 1,857,607 Rhode Island 1,001 <1% 116,592 4,671 120,262 West Virginia 15,003 1% 271,765 0 256,762 TOTAL: 761,418 Note: States with fewer than 1,000 outages are not included in the DOE's table. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino and Jeanine Prezioso; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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