STATE BY STATE: Get Info on Power Outages Across the Northeast
Monster storm Sandy knocked out power to millions of people from Maine to South Carolina Monday as utility companies up and down the eastern seaboard were gearing up for widespread and lengthy outages.
The worst outages were reported in New Jersey, where an estimated 1.7 million customers were without power early Tuesday. Most of the outages are the result of flooding and downed trees hitting power lines in the southern part of the state, which is expected to face the brunt of the storm.
Jersey Central Power & Light reported
915,759 outages, mostly in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Public Service Electric & Gas, which serves about three quarters of New Jersey's population, had around 100,000 customers without power.
In the New York City area, more than 816,890 Long Island Power Authority customers were in the dark early Tuesday. The utility expects that some customers could be without power for seven to 10 days.
Consolidated Edison reported 670,000 customers are without power in New York City and Westchester. A customer is an individual meter, so the number of actual people affected is likely higher. Consolidated Edison says it's dealing with several different issues -- downed overhead lines, a planned shutdown of underground networks and an unexpected explosion at a substation that darkened a large part of lower Manhattan.
The 900 mile-wide storm system is expected to bring coastal flooding to parts of New England, where thousands of residents were already without power ahead of the storm's arrival.
National Grid, which serves 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts, reported 233,469 outages as of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Nstar, which has 1.1 million customers in the state, had about 111,570 without power.
Connecticut Light and Power said more than 494,024 customers were without power Tuesday morning.
The utility opened an emergency operations center and is encouraging customers to assemble a storm kit with flashlights, bottled water and other supplies.