After restoring areas where "thousands" of customers could regain power at once, Con Edison officials said this evening they are now focusing on smaller areas in Westchester County and New York City.
"It's been a massive undertaking," Senior Vice President of Electric Operations John Miksad told the media today. "We appreciate our customers' patience."
At this point, Miksad said the company anticipates having "all" customers back online by the end of this weekend.
As of 7:30 p.m. on Monday, approximately 58,865 customers in the county are in the dark, according to the company's website.
Miksad said Con Edison had been prioritizing areas where large numbers of customers could be restored at once and is now focus on areas where "hundreds, 50s or dozens" of customers can be restored.
The company reportedly restored approximately 50,000 of its New York City and Westchester customers overnight and plans for that number to decrease moving forward as smaller amounts of customers' power outages are addressed.
Miksad also said Con Edison has been monitoring the upcoming Nor'easter, which he said will likely bring high winds, rain and possibly snow to the region, beginning Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.
School continue to be a priority for the company as well, Miksad said. He reported five Westchester County schools were without power as of today.
In response to a reporter's inquiry about the company's efficiency so far, Miksad stated, "I don't know of any other way we could have done this faster."
Miksad said the staging areas for workers, such as at Rye Playland, are helping crews "maximize their time."
"I can't imagine a more efficient operation," he said, "but I'm always open to suggestions..."