Monday, October 29, 2012

Manhattan Loses Power Below 39th Street in Hurricane Sandy. Con-Ed Explosion?

Photo: MK Metz
We just witnessed what looks like the entire East side of Manhattan a large chunk of Manhattan going completely dark. The above photo was shor from Downtown Brooklyn. The lights you see are in Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge. On the other side of the river in Manhattan, all is dark except for the Empire State Building to the north.

UPDATE: An explosion took place at the Con-Ed plant at 14th Street in Manhattan.

UPDATE 2: Mayor Bloomberg reported at 9:59 p.m. that all of Manhattan below 34th 39th street, from river to river, has lost power. Con Ed puts that as 144,000 customers. (A customer can be an entire building or a single house.)

On top of this, at least 21,000 130,000 households are without power in Brooklyn; 31,000 67,000 in Queens and 75,850 in Staten Island.

New York City is almost completely cut off from the world as the Lincoln Tunnel is the only way in or out of the city. All bridges are shut, all tunnels closed, FDR Drive and Major Deegan closed due to flooding.

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