Updated 06/23/2012 02:01 PM
Scattered Outages From Heat, Storms Extend Into Saturday
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Con Edison is still dealing with scattered power outages in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx following this week's heat wave and yesterday's thunderstorms.
Borough Park, Brooklyn was one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by outages, so the MTA brought several air-conditioned buses in for residents to cool off.
At one point, up to a total of 4,000 customers were without power, including as many as 1,000 customers alone on Staten Island.
As many as 550 Staten Island customers were without electricity for a few hours due to a downed wire that crews had to repair in Great Kills.
That neighborhood is one of dozens of areas asked by Con Ed to reduce power usage.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg discussed the outages during his radio show Friday.
"Once you get 3-4 days of very hot weather, particularly during the week when there's a lot of electricity use, because people are at home and at business, then you start to have failures," he said. "The reality is that we all have to sacrifice. If we don't do that we're all in a blackout situation."
To report an outage in your area call Con Ed at 1-800-75-CONED or go to coned.com.
Meanwhile, commuters dealt with weather-related problems.
For parts of Friday, there was no Long Island Railroad service between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal, although the MTA's website said as of 10:20 p.m. that LIRR service was on or close to schedule.
The heat wave meant extra money coming in for some local businesses, including a Queens ice manufacturer who cashed in big time. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Those who had to work outside were especially steamed about the heat.
Department of Transportation crews continued their paving and milling work across Queens.
On Friday, crews were laying fresh asphalt in Ozone Park.
"I love working here but it's so extremely hot," said Department of Transportation roadway worker Marvin Murphy. "95-degree weather and the asphalt we're using can be anywhere from 500-degrees hot. It's extremely bad weather."
The work was part of the DOT’s Roadway Repair and Maintenance program.
As temperatures remained in the 90s, those choosing to spend the first days of summer outdoors are scrambled for cool treats.
On the High Line, vendors find that while the heat can keep people away, others come in droves for bottles of water, ice pops, and gelato.
"When it's too hot, there's not a whole of people up here," said Chris Ronis with the Northern Spy Food Company. "But we're adapting and selling a lot of drinks and we have cold watermelon. We have a delicious kale salad that's really nice and refreshing."
"In this weather, it's almost a life or death decision to have to get one of our ice pops or shave ice," said David Carrell of People's Pops.