(Reuters) – More than two million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power as Hurricane Irene churned northward toward New York City and New England, according to reports from power companies.
Irene, packing sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/hour), was a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale and was churning north-northeast at 17 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
AREA POWER COMPANY NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS
BALTIMORE BGE (Constellation) 299,389
DELAWARE/MARYLAND/VIRGINA DELMARVA POWER (Pepco) 93,783
LONG ISLAND LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY (LIPA) 52,850
MARYLAND DELMARVA POWER (Pepco) 180,199
NEW JERSEY ATLANTIC CITY GEn (Pepco) 105,404
NEW JERSEY PSEG 89,000
NORTH CAROLINA PROGRESS ENERGY 189,795
NORTH CAROLINA DOMINION RESOURCES 93,206
VIRGINIA DOMINION RESOURCES 821,902
NEW YORK CITY CON ED 26,631
CONNECTICUT CONNECTICUT LIGHT & POWER 13,204
WEST VA/PA/MARYLAND ALLEGHENY POWER 4,192
(Reporting by David Sheppard, Jeanine Prezioso, Joshua Schneyer, Matthew Robinson and Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by Vicki Allen and Todd Eastham)
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