A large part of New York City is dark on Tuesday. In one quick sentence, though, New York City is more or less a sh*t show, and will likely be so for the next couple of days.
This is the biggest power outage in New York City power operator ConEdison's history.
Nearly 1 million New Yorkers are without power after Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday night. Blackouts in Manhattan stretch from 14th Street and down, and are the most extensive in the Financial District and Lower East Side.
The Upper West Side and Upper East Side look like they have power and internet.
Update, Tuesday, 12 pm: This is crushing:
On a conference call at 11:40 pm, a ConEd spokesman said that "this will be the largest storm related outage in our history."
As of this morning 712,449 are without power in the New York City and surroundin areas … 1 million people in New Jersey … 925,000 are without power in Long Island … nearly half a million people in Connecticut.
ConEd has not said when power will return. ConEd cannot begin repairs until the flooding and winds subside. Worst estimates are between 3 to 4 days.
Officials in Connecticut and New Jersey say that outages can last for as long as 10 days.
New York residents can check to see blackout areas by clicking to view the Outage Map here (also click on map below).
In the Big Apple, subway tunnels, the waterfront, and the Financial District are flooded. The New York Stock Exchange is expected to re-open tomorrow, powered by generators.
The subway system reportedly saw “terrible” and “historic” damage.
Brooklyn has power throughout most of the borough, except in the Coney Island area, where damage is reportedly extensive.
The Bronx and Queens also reportedly have spotty power throughout those Boroughs. Laguardia Airport is reportedly flooded and closed.
Tropical storm Sandy swamped Lower Manhattan with a massive surge of seawater Monday and claimed at least one life in New York City as she terrorized some 15 million people up and down the East Coast.
At least 14 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.
An estimated 5.7 million people altogether across the East are without power. The full extent of the storm’s damage across the region was unclear, and unlikely to be known until later in the morning.
Stay safe, all. Stay safe.