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Tropical Storm Isaias causes second-largest outage in Con Edison history, company says

•, By Travis Fedschun

The whipping winds of Tropical Storm Isaias caused a near-historic amount of power outages in the greater New York City area, according to utility Con Edison.

The utility said late Tuesday that the storm's rampage through the New York City area shoved trees and branches onto power lines, bringing down equipment that left 257,000 customers without power.

"The destruction surpassed Hurricane Irene, which caused 204,000 customer outages in August 2011," the company said in a news release.

According to ConEd, the record for storm-related outages is 1.1 million caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and a Nor'easter that following the storm.

The company said that service has already been restored to more than 48,000 customers, but "it is clear" that restoration for all will take "multiple days."

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