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Aug282011

Irene Aftermath: Almost 2 Million Customers Left Without Power

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Following the passage of Hurricane Irene through New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, officials estimated that as of Sunday afternoon close to two million people were left without power.

The weather system, which was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday, wreaked havoc all over the tri-state area, leaving in its wake, downed trees and power lines, along with flooded homes.

Officials from the Con Edison power company said on Sunday afternoon about 120,000 customers in New York City were without power, while New Jersey had about 750,000 customers without power. Officials in Connecticut say they estimated that over 700,000 customers across the state were powerless.

Con Edison says in addition to its New York-based staff, more than 400 workers from across the nation came to New York over the past few days, to help with restoring power to customers in the wake of Irene. The company says these workers were now being deployed to address the large-scale power problem.

Company officials estimate that the majority of customers will have power restored by sometime Tuesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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