"Having 2 million more people with power doesn't mean a damn to you unless you are one of those 2 million people," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday in Keansburg. Christie said his home in Mendham is still blacked out.
Consolidated Edison, owner of New York City's largest utility, reported about 116,000 customers still without power Tuesday morning in an area that includes Westchester County, about 44,000 fewer than a day earlier, according to data compiled from its website.
The New York Public Service Commission probably will investigate Con Edison's preparation and its response to Hurricane Sandy, the utility said Monday in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The company said it will defer storm costs and may seek higher rates to pay for them. It's too early for Con Edison to assess the damage and recovery cost, according to the filing.
To the east, the Long Island Power Authority reported 200,000 customers without power as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. The tally excluded the devastated Rockaway Peninsula and islands to the east where many buildings are too damaged to use power, it said.
Today, gusts as intense as 60 mph may sweep across New York and New Jersey, where cleanup operations following Sandy are still under way, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding along the coast is expected from Delaware to Connecticut, including New Jersey and Long Island, where tides may rise as much as 3 feet above normal.
"It just looks like the worst of the storm for the Northeast is going to be coastal New Jersey, the city and southern Long Island," said Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua, N.H. "The wind may cause some issues with weakened trees coming down and power lines that had just been repaired."
Brick Township, N.J., issued a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone neighborhoods, effective at 6 p.m. local time Tuesday, according to the town's website. Other residents "are strongly encouraged to evacuate," according to the notice a notice.
About 31 percent of the 36,000 homes and businesses in Brick remained without power Tuesday, according to the website of utility Jersey Central Power & Light.