Over 170,000 without power after powerful storm hits tri-state

NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of residents woke up with no power Wednesday after a powerful storm hit the tri-state area the evening before.

The storm brought damaging winds, hail, and tornados, resulting in at least five deaths caused by downed trees. The strong winds also brought down power lines and left over 170,000 customers without power.

Con Edison has nearly 3,000 customers without power in New York City and Westchester County as of 12:30 p.m. The utility said the "vast majority" of those customers should see their power restored by 11 p.m. and warned everyone to stay away from downed power lines.

NYSEG has about 69,240 customers without power throughout New York, as of 12:30 p.m.

Orange and Rockland Utilities reports at about 1,974 customers in Rockland without power and 7,128 customers in Orange County, as of 12:30 p.m., slightly fewer than earlier in the day.

New Jersey has tens of thousands of households and families without power, with 6,472 customers reported by PSE&G New Jersey and 38,074 customers from JCP&L, as of 12:30 p.m.

Central Hudson and Gas has reported over 61,920 customers without power, with about 20,342 customers affected in in Dutchess County, 3,382 customers in Putnam and 34,790 customers in Orange County.