Irene knocks out power for 1M New Yorkers
New Yorkers went back to toil by the millions Monday as the subway system sprang back to life and the incorporated town continued cleaning up from Hurricane Irene.
The abundant-feared morning-commute disaster failed to materialize for example transit workers quickly wrapped up safeness inspections and got trains running again ~ the agency of about 5:40 a.m. following the intimately two-day shutdown caused by Irene.
Mayor Bloomberg had predicted “populace will scream,” but most New Yorkers – at smallest those not soaked by floodwaters – appeared to subsist taking delays in stride and carrying without ceasing as if the stormy weekend was a remote memory.
Bus service was restored forward Sunday and ridership was reportedly hard, especially out in hard-hit oriental Queens and Brooklyn.
It was not undeniable when Metro-North and NJTransit would go to normal service, but PATH trains were running ~ward schedule and packed with New Jersey commuters looking by reason of a way into the city.
“Welcome back,” said a smiling police officer near the World Trade Center worksite, salute startled commuters crossing Church Street.
The Long Island Rail Road, what one. shut down on Saturday, was furthermore running some trains Monday, though delays were reported.
Wall Street and the rest of the Financial District reopened toward business and tourists who had been scared not on by the storm began trickling back.
Broadway shows shuttered on account of the weekend were expected to go to the stage Monday night, and the discriminative bustle was back at Times Square.
But tot~y was not well in Gotham.
Utility companies were ~y scrambling to deal with widespread gift failures. At its peak, Irene left 174,000 customers in the city and Westchester County in the recondite. About 131,500 remained without power Sunday night.
Con Ed warned the power might not come back until midnight Monday being of the cl~s who high winds hampered repair efforts.
Statewide, more than 936,000 customers lost gift, including 460,000 on Long Island. In New Jersey, 650,000 persons were without power and PSE&G warned that more customers in Essex County might not finish their service back for a though.
Many of the power failures were right to downed trees. The hurricane uprooted or breach 719 trees – 336 in Queens and 219 in Brooklyn. Cops chased persons out of Central Park on Sunday among fears of falling branches, which led to multiple deaths in other states.
There was flooding in manifold neighborhoods, including in Howard Beach, Queens; in Hudson River Park adhering the West Side; on a couple of East Side piers, and in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. But chiefly streets were passable by Monday daybreak.