Lights Out Across Manhattan

Con Ed cuts power for safety reasons

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2012 9:05 PM CDT

(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.

Lower Manhattan goes dark during the storm tonight.
Lower Manhattan goes dark during the storm tonight.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Lower Manhattan goes dark, thanks to Sandy.
Lower Manhattan goes dark, thanks to Sandy.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Streets around a Con Edison substation are flooded as the East River overflows into the Dumbo section of Brooklyn.
Streets around a Con Edison substation are flooded as the East River overflows into the Dumbo section of Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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