Consolidated Edison crews are responding to power outages affecting approximately 33,000 customers in Brooklyn as a heat wave drives higher electricity usage.
ConEd, which had forecast record demand this weekend, is facing scrutiny after an outage last weekend left 72,000 customers in Manhattan’s West Side without power. Regulators have opened investigations into the incident, which darkened Times Square, interrupted subway service and forced Madison Square Garden to evacuate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident “unacceptable.”
Sunday’s outage comes as relief is expected from dangerous heat baking a swath of the U.S. Lower temperatures are forecast after heat advisories and excessive heat warnings stretched from Oklahoma to Ohio and along the East Coast from Maine to South Carolina.
The affected Brooklyn neighborhoods in Sunday’s outage are Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Georgetown, the company said in a statement Sunday night. The company had earlier in the day asked customers in Southeast Brooklyn and parts of Queens, as well as some Bronx neighborhoods, to conserve energy while crews work to repair equipment.
Separately, on Long Island, Public Service Enterprise Group reported Sunday night that power had been restored to most of the more than 27,000 customers affected by equipment failures.
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