With under 48 hours till the start of polling, President Barack Obama’s reputation for effectiveness will be shredded unless he can get many more Americans back on the grid.
Reuters reports 1.9 million homes and businesses in the U.S. Northeast were still without power on Sunday, barely changed from earlier in the day, nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability said in a report.
As of 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT), only about 67,000 homes and business had seen electricity restored since 10 a.m. EST. In New Jersey, a state that is still one-quarter in the dark, the number of outages actually rose, according to the DOE data. In some cases, utilities may need to take some customers off the grid in order to repair or reconnect others.
The DOE’s situation reports can be found on: http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/named_event.aspx?ID=67
State Customer Outage Pct Peak Outages Restored Restored Restored
Outages of Total Since Peak vs Sun AM vs Sat PM
Connecticut 64,955 4% 626,559 551,270 10,334 67,850
Maryland 7,198 <1% 311,020 300,411 3,411 4,866 New Jersey 999,927 25% 2,615,291 1,646,678 -31,314 241,836 New York 654,623 8% 2,097,933 1,368,014 75,296 216,538 Ohio 10,007 <1% 267,323 257,256 60 15,237 Pennsylvania 77,630 1% 1,267,512 1,184,702 5,180 76,065 W. Virginia 41,618 4% 271,765 225,903 4,244 19,071 TOTAL 1,855,958 7,457,403 5,534,234 67,211 641,463 States with fewer than 1,000 outages were not included in the table. * Percentage of customers is based on 2010 EIA data. Will the PResident be the surprise victim of Sandy?
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