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Hundreds of Staten Islanders Lose Power for Hours on Friday, Con Ed Says

By Ben Fractenberg | August 12, 2016 5:09pm | Updated on August 12, 2016 7:56pm
 There were more about 2,000 homes without power on Staten Island Friday after Con Edison experienced
There were more about 2,000 homes without power on Staten Island Friday after Con Edison experienced "equipment problems."
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STATEN ISLAND — Hundreds of Staten Island customers were impacted by power outages Friday and residents were asked to conserve energy while Con Edison crews worked to repair “equipment problems,” according to the utility company.

Residents were asked to not use “energy-intensive appliances” like washers, dryers, microwave, and air conditioners, if not needed for health reasons, Con Ed said in a statement. There were about 1,300 customers affected by the power outage around West Brighton shortly before 6 p.m., according to Con Ed’s website.

Most service was restored by 7:45 p.m. with about 120 customers still without power. 

The outages come while the city is mired in a heat wave expected to last through Sunday

The company reduced voltage by 5 percent in neighborhoods including St. George, Tompkinsville, Port Richmond, West Brighton and Mariners Harbor.

Crews were working to repair the problems by 4:30 p.m.

There were also reports of scattered power outages in Queens after equipment problems, according to Con Ed. 

People were asked to reduce energy usage in neighborhoods including Corona, Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows, and Jamaica Estates. 

The company also reduced voltage in East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, but residents there were not yet asked to conserve energy. 

Residents were also urged to report outages and check on restored service at www.coned.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED.