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50,000 lost power in New York, others

More than 21,000 customers were still without electricity in New York City and Westchester County in the US on Monday morning after 50,000 Con Edison customers lost power on Sunday night during an intense three-day heat wave, officials have said.

In a New York Times report, the utility said it expected service to be fully restored by afternoon, nearly a full day after the company shut off power to 30,000 customers in South East Brooklyn, so that it could make repairs related to the dangerously high temperatures.

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It was mostly customers in Brooklyn – about 14,000 in and around the neighbourhoods of Canarsie, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach – who were still without power on Monday morning, officials said.

In a statement, Con Edison said the shutdowns were necessary “to prevent longer outages” that might have occurred as a result of equipment damage.

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