A house partially under water Monday morning as the front edge of Hurricane Sandy hits Howard Beach in Queens. Photo by Alicia Blakely.
October 30, 2012Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Northeast leaving an estimated two million homes in New York state without power.
The Long Island Power Authority has been updating its website every 15 minutes showing people are still losing power across Long Island.
Cuomo said that Long Island was really at the brunt of the burden behind Westchester, which was also hit very hard. Of the two million homes to lose power, 23,000 are located upstate, 185,000 are under Rockland Utility, and 712,000 under Con- Edison. Under the Long Island Power Authority, more than 930,000 families are without power accounting for 90 percent of the total number of people on Long Island. As of today, 12,000 families lost power under the National Grid.
Cuomo commanded the Public Service Commission to oversee the utility companies' response to Sandy, specifically LIPA due to past problems with restoring power.
"On the restoration of power, we're going to ask the Public Service Commission to oversee these utility companies in restoring the power and making sure its being down well and as quickly as possible," said Cuomo. "Specifically the Long Island Power Authority has had a very poor track record in just this area of restoring power and was going to ask the chairman of the Public Service Commission to specifically monitor LIPA to make sure the power is coming on."
Cuomo said so many states were affected by the crisis that utility workers are coming from as far away as Texas and California to help with the restoration.
"Hopefully we have about 4,000 utility workers who will come in to the state to help but this is going to be a serious problem," said Cuomo.
It is still uncertain as to when the power will be back on, however, Cuomo said he hopes restoration of power will begin today.
"Con- Ed is doing an assessment now and the will be having more information this afternoon, and likewise its going to be a different situation with different utility companies across the state," said Cuomo " Long Island is probably the hardest hit."