1.6M customers still without power in NYS

1.6 million customers still without power in New York state, majority in NYC and Long Island

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Utility companies report that more than 1.6 million customers still don't have electricity in New York state.

The majority, 1.57 million, are on Long Island and in New York City and its northern suburbs.

The total as of early Wednesday evening is down from a peak of 2.2 million customers.

In other parts of the state, about 56,000 customers remain without power, mostly in the Mid-Hudson Valley and to the west in Sullivan County.

Utility officials say they're making progress upstate and beginning to shift resources to help in the metro area. National Grid says it's sending 1,400 employees and contractors south after restoring service to most of its upstate customers.

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