Sandy Power Outage: Still Horrible in New York & NJ
The frustration of hundreds of thousands of people of New York and New Jersey grew as the days went forward to the restoration of power. People are tired and cold. Some demand an investigation of service companies, whom they accuse of not working fast enough .
An angry Andrew Cuomo , governor of New York, on Thursday joined the calls for an investigation, sharply criticizing the utility companies calling them unprepared and poorly managed.
“Privately I used language that my children could not hear, ” he said angrily. ”It is unacceptable that so much has gone on, because the more time passes, the suffering of the people is worse,” he added.
Power companies have said they are facing an unprecedented damage in their area of expertise and they are doing the best they can. And no doubt the magnitude of what they have done: at the height of the blackout, more than 8.5 million homes and businesses in 21 states were left without power . By Thursday, that number dropped to about 750,000, almost entirely in New York and New Jersey.
A damage forecasting firm had calculated that Sandy would cause economic losses of between 30,000 and 50,000 million dollarsfrom the Carolinas to Maine, including property damage, loss of business and additional costs of living. Calculating Cuomo for New York State probably will raise the total damage.
A total of 50,000 million dollars in damages Sandy would make the second costliest hurricane in the history of the United States , behind only Hurricane Katrina. Flooded parts of the city of New York and New Jersey with a storm surge of more than 4 meters and killed more than 100 people.
Sandy caused more outages than any storm , said the Department of Energy, and left the motorists desperate for petrol to complicate the distribution of fuel.
“We will have to consider a redesign,” said Cuomo on energy supply systems and fuel. ”With the blackouts paralyze the nation and there is chaos . ”
In particular, the governor said the problems of the city of New York, largely due to seawater that flooded facilities that are located between 15 and 20 stories deep.
“It is a masterpiece of engineering,” he said, “but if flooded Manhattan, drowns all that infrastructure.’s Not even desagotarla mode”.
And this is after a winter storm last night knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers in those two states , erasing some of the progress made by the crews.