Power outages after Tropical Storm Isaias spur New York, Connecticut to demand probes
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Nearly 48 hours after Tropical Storm Isaias blasted the Northeast, around 1.7 million customers are still without power in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
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The governors of New York and Connecticut are now calling for probes into how utility companies responded to the storm.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was directing the state's Department of Public Service to launch an investigation into the storm response by Verizon, PSEG Long Island, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange and Rockland Utilities and New York State Electric & Gas to understand "how such a failure could have taken place."
Thousands of households remain without power in the New York City metro area.
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"We know that severe weather is our new reality and the reckless disregard by utility companies to adequately plan for tropical storm Isaias left tens of thousands of customers in the dark, literally and figuratively," the governor said. "Their performance was unacceptable."
POWER IN NEW YORK KNOCKED OUT BY ISAIAS WON'T BE FULLY RESTORED UNTIL SUNDAY, SAYS CONED
According to the governor's office, utilities have deployed 7,000 workers to help with damage response and restoration and service. The New York Democrat declared a state of emergency on Wednesday afternoon, as 703,000 still remained without power.
"New Yorkers deserve answers and they deserve better," Cuomo said.