Con Edison power repairs in Queens

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Con Ed Outages Continue In Queens After Heat Wave, Powerful Storms

July 23, 2019 - 8:51 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Power problems persisted Tuesday in parts of Queens and Brooklyn after a surge of hot weather and a line of powerful thunderstorms slammed the Tri-State area.

A Con Edison crew worker through downpour Monday night into Tuesday morning on 118th Street in Kew Garden after underground cables burnt out in Sunday’s heat, according to WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

One resident says the situation was horrible as the sweltering heat gave way to powerful thunderstorms.

“When I was coming back, my parents were like, ‘Stay away, there's a fire an there's no electricity what-so-ever,' so it was like pretty bad,” he said.

Other residents complained that not only were the lights and the air conditioners out, there was no water.

“We don't have, like I'm on the 7th floor here, we have like hardly any water pressure, our elevator is not working. Certain things don't working,” said one woman.

By Monday evening, about 12,000 customers in New York City were without power due to the damage caused by the hot weather. As the storms crawled in, that number jumped to just over 17,000.

Southern Brooklyn and central Queens were the most impacted by the outages.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are still several thousand Con Ed customers in the dark and Con Ed says they may not have full restoration under Wednesday morning.