To say that the power in Astoria is marginal is the understatement of the year.
Beginning in April, as temperatures creeped into the 50s & 60s, the UPS would switch to battery from brownouts below 90V practically every other day during the evening hours when people started getting home from work. The reason there were such an incredible number of electrical fires in Astoria is no doubt because the brownouts they had every day were causing everything to pull more current.
During the 2 weeks before the blackouts, I had to switch the computer off several times because the battery was getting drained too low. The night before the blackout the electric outlet voltage dropped into the 60s. During the blackout, I came back to my apartment and measured the voltage at 32V. Since it wasn't 0, even though that won't power anything and in fact damages a lot of equipment, ConEd doesn't count that as a blackout. If they reported the REAL numbers it would have been over 1 million people without power for more than a week, not 100,000.
Since the blackout, what they've been doing I guess to keep the brownouts from being as severe is that during periods of lower power usage, they are actually sending around 130V.
ConEd's statements about having the "most reliable power in the country" are a sick joke.
I've had 2 phones killed while charging from the bad power also.