Sandy Power Outages for Hundreds of Thousands Into Next Week as New Storm Builds
While officials hoped to restore all power to lower- and mid-Manhattan by Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey were told Thursday to expect outages through next week - just as a winter storm was expected to make its way up the coast.
In New York City, the utility ConEd said the 227,000 customers in Manhattan still without power should have it back by Saturday, but that would leave some 400,000 elsewhere in the dark beyond Saturday. In a statement Thursday, ConEd said it hoped the vast majority of those would have power by Nov. 11.
But it also noted that many buildings in areas with restored service will continue to be without power until they repair any damage to their own electrical systems.
The outlook was similar along the Jersey coast as well as on Long Island, where 90 percent of homes were without power.
The region also struggled with transit on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy tore through.
The promise of limited restoration of transit services lured hundreds of thousands back into the nation’s largest city, but the commute was nightmarish even by New York City’s standards: Seemingly endless lines at bus stops, backups at the city’s bridges and tunnels stretched for miles, and many people simply gave up after an hour or two of frustration.