ConEd reports 68,700 without power as Sandy strikes New York

New York City, October 29, 2012 — The wrath of Hurricane Sandy has knocked out electrical service to 68,700 Con Edison customers and the number is likely to grow, as heavy winds knock trees into overhead wires.

At 4:45 p.m., October 29, the company reported 21,800 customers without service in Westchester County, 18,500 in Staten Island and 18,200 in Queens, as the Hurricane has struck the New York metropolitan area with more destructive force than previously anticipated.

The company is also monitoring flooding conditions that could be at their most severe after sundown on October 29. ConEd notified Manhattan customers from 36th Street south that the company may have to shut off their electrical service if the underground electrical equipment becomes inundated with water.

The company has provided the same message to certain customers in flood-prone areas of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

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