Irene Blog: Business Impact
Utility workers fanned out throughout the East Coast to fix downed electrical lines and restore power to millions of people left in the dark by Hurricane Irene.
Power is returning to thousands of customers in the southern coastal states, the first area hit by Irene on Saturday. But more than 4 million people remain without electricity along the Eastern Seaboard.
Sunday, 8/28/11 12:20 PM/ET: PSE&G says 5-7 days until power is restored in NJ
New Jersey power provider PSE&G said Sunday it may take five to seven days to restore power to 330,000 customers in the state after Tropical Storm Irene pummeled the U.S. East Coast, leading to widespread power outages in the region.
Some 3.6 million customers were without power on the East Coast Sunday morning, according to data from companies.
Sunday, 8/28/11 12:03 PM/ET: DC Flights Resume, Trains and Subways Still Uncertain
Federal officials said airports reopened around Washington, which took a glancing blow from Irene. American Airlines said it was resuming flights at the three major airports around the capital.
New York-area airports remained closed on Sunday morning. The longer that New York's Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J., airports are shuttered, the worse it will be as travel delays ripple across the country. Federal officials said they didn't know when the airports would reopen, noting that mass transit in New York remained shut down, making it difficult for airport employees and passengers to reach the airports.
Sunday, 8/28/11 11:15 AM/ET: Power A Primary Concern for East Coast
Power is returning for hundreds of thousands of people after Hurricane Irene passed through coastal states in the South.
Repair crews rushed out in Virginia, the Carolinas and Maryland Sunday after Irene turned north. An enormous job lies ahead. Irene flooded power stations, toppled trees and tore down electrical wires. More than four million homes and businesses are still without power.
In Manhattan, Consolidated Edison said it was optimistic that it wouldn't need to cut power to the financial district. So far, sensitive underground power lines haven't been flooded, the company says.
Sunday, 8/28/11 11:14 AM/ET: NC Nuke Plants Back Up
Progress Energy said on Sunday it will bring units at its North Carolina Brunswick nuclear plant back to full power in the coming 24 to 36 hours as tropical storm Irene weakened near New York after battering the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast.
"Now that the storm has passed and the grid in the Progress Energy service area has stabilized, we will be slowly bringing both Brunswick units back to full power," spokesman Ryan Mosier said.
Sunday, 8/28/11 11:10 AM/ET: NYC Exchange Update
Exchanges plan to open as normal on Monday
Sunday, 8/28/11 10:43 AM/ET: NYC's Latest
New York's utility Consolidated Edison said that flooding is not as bad as anticipated in lower Manhattan, and hasn't decided whether to cut power or not. The Coast Guard says it expects to operate normally in New York harbor tomorrow.
Sunday, 8/28/11 9:11 AM/ET: Center of Irene Rolls Over Queens; Storm Downgraded
The very center of Irene has reached New York City, with the eye of the storm itself apparently narrowly missing Manhattan but pushing out over the New York borough of Queens. Still, footage continues to show at least a moderate surge of shin-deep water from New York harbor encroaching on Manhattan's Battery Park area.
The storm was downgraded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center to a tropical storm, with winds of 65 miles per hour.
Sunday, 8/28/11 8:46 AM/ET: Closing on NYC, Irene Spawns Flooding, Tornadoes
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says that Hurricane Irene will bring a storm surge of up to 8 feet and rainfall of up to 15 inches as it approaches New York City over the coming hours. The NHC alsoo predicted isolated tornadoes in the area.
Irene is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds near 75 miles per hour.
Sunday, 8/28/11 6:21 AM/ET: Another Landfall
Hurricane Irene has made another landfall, this time on Sunday morning on the New Jersey Coast at Little Egg Inlet, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Landfall came at about 5:35 a.m. local time. Winds were at 75 miles per hour, the NHC said.
Sunday, 8/28/11 5:29 AM/ET: Winds Could Make Problems for High-Rises
Hurricane Irene may wreak worse damage in New York City than it has further south because of the city’s heavy concentration of high-rise buildings, according to Internet weather forecasting service, Weather Underground.
The forecaster writes that the category one storm is unusual because her wind speed increases sharply with height above ground level. Consequently, high-rise buildings could experience significantly stronger winds, with speeds 20 percent faster at 30-stories above ground, and 30 percent faster at 80-to-100 stories.
Weather Underground forecasts that Irene will reach southern New England by this afternoon local time, before moving into eastern Canada by nightfall.
Sunday, 8/28/11 5:00 AM/ET: Latest From National Hurricane Center