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Con Ed Customers Asked To Conserve Power In West Harlem

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Residents of West Harlem were asked to conserve energy Wednesday evening due to weather-related problems with electrical cables.

Con Edison on Wednesday night asked residents to refrain from using non-essential electrical appliances in an area bounded by 153rd Street on the north, 131st Street on the south, Riverside Drive on the west, and Broadway on the east.

The problems with the cables were caused by melting snow and ice that penetrated the underground electrical delivery system, Con Edison said. Conservation will take pressure off the affected cables until Con Ed can make repairs.

Appliances such as clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers and unnecessary lights should not be used, Con Ed said.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status by going to or calling (800) 75-CONED.

As of Wednesday night, just over 3,700 Con Ed customers were without power – most of them in Brooklyn and Queens. More than 2,500 PSEG Long Island customers, about 2,300 Jersey Central Power & Light customers, and about 16,000 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in New Jersey were also in the dark.

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