Con Ed urges some Brooklynites to ease up on the AC use after outages -- no sweat, right?
Con Ed crews work to restore power in Borough Park on Sunday. (Photos by Kathleen Bulson)
Heading into the sixth day of a heat wave Monday, Con Ed is asking some Brooklynites to conserve power after the scorching temperatures left 2,000 customers without power Sunday morning.
By the end of the day, Con Ed crews restored power to all but 20 customers in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. However, the utility company was still reducing voltage to Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Borough Park and Prospect Park by 8 percent and asking thousands of residents to turn off unnecessary appliances, including air conditioners.
Failed electric cables were the source of the outages, which were met with a high of 94 yesterday. The heat wave is expected to fizzle out by mid-week, when temperatures drop to the mid-80s.
Lower temperatures would be a huge relief for folks yesterday who were trying to find creative ways to stay cool.
I took the kids to my mothers, said Jennie Gonzalez, 47, of Sunset Park, who lost power for 19 hours. It was the worst day ever. I threw out everything in the fridge.
-- Marlene Naanes and Kathleen Bulson
Miriam Aviles, 58, cools off Sunday with her granddaughter Destiny Menendez, 5, in Borough Park.