Con Edison calls for backup, braces for Irene's impact

Con Edison is taking Hurricane Irene, which could bring a minimum of 75 mph winds, very seriously.

Employees and local Department of Public Works crews were out in full force today, preparing for what could be widespread power outages.

Officials say they are bracing for what could be more downed trees and power lines than the county has ever seen. Add that to all the rain that fell in the last month, and it could spell trouble for the Westchester area.

Con Edison officials have already called for backup from power companies as far way as Michigan and Ohio. The utility has also been taking down older trees in hopes of preventing some damage.

Red Cross Hurricane Safety ChecklistRed Cross Emergency Preparedness Shelters Being Opened in WC:Town of Somers will open a shelter at 4 p.m. Sat. at the Activity Center at 8 Heritage Hills Drive.The City of Yonkers will open two shelters at 8 p.m. Sat. at Lincoln High School at 375 Kneeland Ave., and at the Police Athletic League at 127 North Broadway.

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