Two days after Tropical Storm Isaias swept through MA, knocking over countless trees and power lines, tens of thousands of households in the commonwealth were still reporting electrical outages Thursday morning. Connecticut's applies statewide, while New York's specifically includes 11 counties and three others that border them.
Meanwhile Hydro Quebec said upwards of 50,000 customers are in the dark, mostly along the storm's path and warned that more outages could come as the storm plows onward. "And now here we are, with a wholly inadequate response to another storm". So far, the utility company has restored power to 315,000 customers, the statement said, noting that it had requested help from crews as far as Canada. The record for outages is the 1.1 million caused by Superstorm Sandy and the nor'easter that followed it in 2012.
Atlantic City Electric said service for most of its customers will be restored by end of day Thursday, and the company expects all of its customers - including those in the most heavily damaged areas - to have their service restored by Saturday evening. In Holland, roughly 82% of the community's customers were without power, and in Wales, the estimated number was as high as 91%. Florida paused coronavirus testing due to Isaias, and shelters are modifying operations to account for social distancing.
Isaias hit Canada after first pummelling the United States, spawning tornadoes and causing fires and floods after making landfall in North Carolina as a hurricane.
The storm conditions were "perfect" to bring a lot of of trees down on power lines, Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty said.
More than 83,000 homes and businesses in New York City were still without power as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, about 30 hours after the worst of the storm passed, and almost 300,000 people on Long Island faced another night without lights or air conditioning.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Wednesday afternoon that the state was down to approximately 840,000 outages, and is "pressing all the major utilities to restore power as quickly and safely as possible".