With demand for electricity soaring along with the heat index, about 1,200 Con Edison customers have lost power in the Bronx, around East 237th Street. A company spokesman tells City Room they hope to restore power to those customers by 2 p.m. As we noted earlier, Con Ed officials are expecting New Yorkers to demand more power than ever before, breaking 2006's peak demand record of 13,141 megawatts.

Con Ed says they're anticipating a demand for 13,450 megawatts today, and insist they'll be able to handle it. (Never mind the Bronx.) "We’re expecting a record today but we’re not encouraging people to set it," says Con Ed rep Michael Clendenin. As if we need any encouragement!