Con Ed has been waiting for the right moment all summer to put New Yorkers in the dark. Then they will have the audacity to request a service hike.
I will deal with them later. In the meantime, I would strongly urge everyone to make sure they are have plenty of batteries, flashlights and/or candles on hand.
Seriously though, I am aware that salt water coming in contact with electrical cables can create a problem. My beef with Consolidated Edison is that if they had maintained the equipment/cables all along, we wouldn't have so many brownouts.