On Friday, October 28, 2011, initial weather forecasts indicated that aNortheaster was in route to our region and it was expected to bring snow to theCatskills, the Hudson Valley, and the Taconic region of the State.
A winter stormwarning was issued by the National Weather Service on Saturday, October 29. Itforecast significant amounts of heavy, wet snow
up to seven inches in areas along theHudson River and up to ten inches in the southeastern portion of the state. Theforecasts predicted widespread power outages as a result of snow accumulations onfoliage-laden tree branches.Snow began to fall mid-day Saturday and continued through the night. BySaturday evening, the utility companies had begun to report numerous electric serviceinterruptions due to heavy snow and wind gusts. This Northeaster was the third majorweather event to hit the region in three months. In some areas, the October stormcaused greater tree damage and power outages than Hurricane Irene and TropicalStorm Lee
storms that occurred in August and September of 2011, respectively. Intotal, service to over 400,000 customers was disrupted due to branches and treessagging and breaking on utility infrastructure. Overall, this service restoration efforttook eight days to complete.Following the October storm, Staff investigated the performances of theConsolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), New York State Electric andGas (NYSEG), Central Hudson Gas and Electric (Central Hudson), and Orange andRockland Utilities (Orange and Rockland)
all of which sustained customer outages thatlasted greater than 72 hours.
investigation also assessed whether the utilitieswere properly prepared for the Northeaster; whether they responded appropriately inits aftermath; whether they have identified the lessons learned from this storm; and,whether they are taking all necessary corrective actions. We have also examined the
New York City was also forecast to be hit by the storm but to a lesser extent than the upstateregions.