Lights Out Across Manhattan
Con Ed cuts power for safety reasons
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 9:05 PM CDT
Lower Manhattan goes dark during the storm tonight.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Large swaths of Manhattan and Brooklyn went dark tonight because of Sandy, reports DNA Info. Con Ed deliberately shut down power stations to prevent damage from flooding, including one that services the area of the New York Stock Exchange. The AP says more than 250,000 in Manhattan alone lost power because of the move. "We're doing that to reduce the likelihood of damage to both our equipment and our customers' equipment," says a Con Ed official. Sandy made landfall earlier this evening on the Jersey coast and is now classified as a post-tropical cyclone.

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Oct 30, 2012 7:41 PM CDT
Even before Sandy came ashore, the NM power company PNM was sending out their power line trucks with onboard bucket cranes, on their way to East Coast to do battle w/the aftermath of a devastating storm. No way could coastal states repair all the damage in a timely manner, so this looks to be a rally of American spirit
Oct 29, 2012 11:51 PM CDT
i love a coordinated assault on adversity
Oct 29, 2012 11:50 PM CDT
"Lights Out Across Manhattan" Sounds like a Woody Allen film