According to O&R spokesman Mike Donovan, Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage. Donovan called Sandy, “The worst storm in company history. Double the amount of damage from Irene.” Donovan said 80 percent of O&R’s customers were affected adversely by the storm.
Compared to last year’s two epic storms, Sandy blows them away. Donovan said, “Snowtober was 134,00 customers, Irene 120,000. This one is 230,000 customers. We saw in this storm far much more transmission and substation damage than we have ever seen in a storm.”
The power outages have caused gas shortages and some of the biggest gas lines in memory.