Storms knock out power to over 110,000 customers in New York Aug. 13–15

Strong thunderstorms knocked out power to at least 110,385 customers in New York on Saturday night into Sunday, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Meanwhile, storms and “historic” flooding left about 50,000 customers without power in Louisiana, DOE said in a daily status report.

A combination of lightning and strong winds damaged electric poles and wires, according to the utilities, DOE said in a daily update. As of 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday (Aug. 15), 1,892 customers remained without power.

New York State Electric and Gas, which reported 36,000 customer outages, expects 90% restoration by 7 p.m. EDT Monday, DOE said.

“Heavy rains and historic flooding knocked out power to at least 26,000 Entergy Louisiana and 23,454 Dixie Electric Membership Corp. customers in Southeast Louisiana on Sunday night into Monday,” DOE reported.

The Entergy (NYSE:ETR) crews expected to restore power to all customers who can accept it by Monday night, but floodwaters are continuing to restrict restoration efforts to thousands of homes and businesses in the hardest hit areas of south Louisiana, DOE said.

As of 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, 14,231 Entergy Louisiana and 21,675 Dixie Electric Membership Corporation customers remained without power, according to DOE.

 

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.