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More than 100,000 NYSEG Customers Lose Power

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

It may take several days before all New York State Electric and Gas customers who lost electric service during the storm are back on line.

The utility Tuesday afternoon reported 113,483 customers in dozens of New York state counties were without electricity following the strong winds and heavy rains brought by Sandy.

As of 2 p.m., nearly 200 Broome County NYSEG customers were awaiting power restoration. In Tioga County, 75 customers were listed as lacking service.

The outage tally in Delaware County was 1369, while number in Chenango County was 19.

The challenges the utility faces in Westchester and Putnam counties is far greater than the work ahead in the Southern Tier. More than 31,000 customers in each of those counties were without electricity.

It’s not known when full power in NYSEG’s service area will be restored.

NYSEG advises people to stay away from all downed power lines, even lines that don’t appear to be energized could be deadly.

People also are urged not to enter flooded basements because wiring or outlets below the water line could be hazardous.

Electric power interruptions may be reported to NYSEG at 800.572.1131.

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