New Yorkers faced power outage after Isaias

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More than a million tri-state area residents remained without power at noon Thursday due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, Bloomberg reported.

The storm knocked out power for more than two million customers along the eastern seaboard, and multiple outlets reported backlash over Consolidated Edison’s failure to restore power more quickly. In the Bronx, diesel fumes hung in the air as some residents, forced to work from home during the pandemic, used private generators to keep their lights on, according to Bloomberg.

In a briefing Thursday evening, Gothamist reported Con Ed president Tim Cawley told reporters “the majority” of the 138,000 New York City and Westchester customers would have power restored by Sunday night. Isaias was, “second only to Superstorm Sandy in terms of the customer impact,” Cawley said. As Hot News went to press, parts of New York City had just lost power but it was unclear whether those outages were connected to the storm.

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