Con Edison asks customers to conserve energy in parts of Manhattan, the Bronx during heat wave

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Con Edison is urging its customers in parts of Manhattan and the Bronx to conserve energy as workers repair equipment problems in the sweltering heat.

Three hundred customers in East Harlem are still without power as of 3 p.m., according to Con Edison's outage map. Power is expected to be restored about 5 p.m.

Crews are working to repair equipment problems in the area, but the sweltering temperatures sure isn't helping the situation. Con Edison has asked customers living in parts of Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester County to conserve energy as work is being done.

The company has asked residents to avoid using energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves, and air conditioners if its not needed for health and medical reasons. However, the unbearable and humid weather is causing people to crank up the air conditioners to stay cool.

The company has already reduced voltage by 8 percent in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and Washington Heights in Manhattan.

Thousands of Staten Island residents were left in the dark Saturday night as Con Ed crews worked into the night to restore power. Temps were in the 80s, slightly cooler, than before.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper-90s on Sunday.

For the latest information, visit Con Edison's website.