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Con Ed asks Midtown East to reduce power
Electrical equipment problems, reportedly with a transformer, prompted Consolidated Edison to urge its customers in Midtown East to discontinue using non-essential electrical appliance and equipment until the equipment is fixed...
The utility is asking all residents and businesses between 40th and 14th streets from Fifth Avenue to the East River to shut off any unused or unnecessary appliances.
Outages throughout the five boroughs and Westchester County left 23,700 customers in the dark on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, but by early Thursday morning, Con Ed said that number was sharply reduced to 5,600 customers.
Drought 'making some species extinct'
Thousands of fish are dying, ducks are catching botulism and some species of wildlife are being driven to extinction from some waterways as the impact of drought spreads nationwide, government experts warned today...
Drought in Texas staggers farmers
Direct economic losses from the current drought are estimated to have eclipsed the $4 billion mark in Texas, far surpassing the damage done when it stopped raining in 1998 and reminiscent of the infamous 1950s dry spell, Texas Cooperative Extension economists said Friday.
"It's every bit as bad as it was in parts of the state during the worst of the '50s," extension agronomist Travis Miller said Friday, explaining that the intensity of the current 18-month drought has been similar to the severest times of that six-year drought.
Worse, there's not much hope for many producers even if the weather suddenly changes.