Sandy outages shorter than from other big storms
Living through another night of possibly freezing temperatures, Michael Pineda, fifteen months old, stands bundled up near a battery-operated lantern in his home without power or heat in the Rockaway Park neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. / AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
NEW YORK As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.
But an Associated Press analysis of outage times from other big hurricanes and tropical storms suggests that, on the whole, the response to Sandy by utility companies, especially in hardest-hit New York and New Jersey, was typical or even a little faster than elsewhere after other huge storms.
Energy Department records show that New York utilities restored power to at least 95 percent of customers 13 days after the peak number of outages was reported.
New Jersey reached that same level in 11 days and West Virginia in 10 days.
Power restorations above 95 percent took longer for Katrina, Rita, Wilma and Ike.
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