Roughly 100,000 New Yorkers, and more than 8,000 Brooklyn residents, are without power after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the city for just a couple hours on Tuesday, Patch reports.
Con Edison reported its second largest storm related power outage in its history and said it could take days for some customers to get the lights back on. During the storm, only about 1.45 inches of rain fell in Brooklyn, but winds of nearly 50 mph caused the most damage, cutting power for more than 20,000 Brooklyn residents and damaging thousands of threes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at least 2,000 trees were knocked down or damaged across the five boroughs. In Briarwood, Queens, a man was killed when a tree came down on his car.
An outage map on Con Edison’s website gives customers an estimated timeframe for when power will return, and shows the areas where the thousands of affected customers live.
In a statement the power company told customers they could be in for a long wait.
“The company has already restored service to more than 48,000 customers, but it is clear the restoration of all customers will take multiple days.”
Roughly 257,000 Con Edison customers lost power in the storm, second only to the 1.1 million who lost power after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Of the five boroughs, Staten Island was most affected by the outage, with 20 percent of customers losing power on Tuesday.
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