Hurricane Sandy Cuts Power To 5.7 Million Homes

Hurricane Sandy has cut power to at least 5.7 million homes across the eastern seaboard. Officials in states all along the East Coast began reporting power losses on Monday night with experts claiming that actual power outage numbers will likely continue to rise through Tuesday morning. Some analysts believe that certain East coast areas could experience power outages that will last upwards of 10 days.

In Connecticut, 494,00 customers were without power after Connecticut Light & Power was forced to turn off power.

Delaware and Maryland customers also lost power as Delmarva, BGE, and PEPCO cut electricity to 76,000, 215,500, and 39,300 customer respectively. Also cutting power was Mon Power and Potomac Edison, which added another 62,600 outages to the total.

Customers in Massachusetts didn’t fair any better as NStar lost power to 107,100 homes, and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. cut power to 11,000 customers. Unitil also reported a loss of power for 33,265 customers. According to National Grid, more than 218,500 customers had lost power.

In Maine, nearly 86,900 customers lost power as Central Maine Power experienced outages.

In New Hampshire, Unitil reported 32,900 customers without power.

As expected, some of the largest outages happened in New Jersey where more than 1.1 million customers were without power. Jersey Central Power & Light reported 926,400 outages while Atlantic City Electric added another 204,600 outages.

In New York City, where some swells reached over 13 feet, customers lost power en masse. LILCO reports more than 840,800 customers without power while Con Edison added another 612,100 outages.

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Customers in upstate New York were no better off with 102,800 outages reported by NYSEG and 27,000 outages reported by National Grid.

Customers in Ohio were also hit hard by Hurricane Sandy as 214,100 reported outage reports were made by First Energy.

Customers in Pennsylvania also experienced outages as more than 250,000 reports were issued by Peco, and First Energy added another 266,400 customers without electricity. Adding to Pennsylvania’s misery was PPL Electric Utilities, which reported 380,700 outages.

North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont then added more than 275,000 outages to the growing list of power issues in Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas.

To check for more Hurricane Sandy power outages, we urge our readers to check outage maps located on most power company websites.