Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Out of Power in NY

The New York Times:
As many as 45,000 people in Westchester County [NY] remained without electricity on Tuesday night, three days after Tropical Storm Ernesto sheared through trees, knocked down power lines, and inflicted more damage on Consolidated Edison’s power system than any storm in the last 20 years.

The heavy toll exacted by Ernesto, which swept through the region on Saturday, marked at least the fourth time this year that a storm has left tens of thousands of people throughout Westchester in the dark for several days.

No power means no drinking water:
Residents of Yonkers were still being advised to boil water for two minutes for drinking or cooking after the storm knocked out power at a reservoir in Westchester County, said Westchester County Department of Health spokeswoman Mary Landrigan.