The East Coast of the US, including New York City is battling power blackouts, major damage to infrastructure, widespread fire and flooding and it appears, in some cases, problems with connectivity due to ‘superstorm’ Sandy which hit shores close to midnight GMT last night.
Business is also offline for most companies in the region today, with the sand bagged New York Stock Exchange closing its doors for two consecutive days and Equinix, postponing the release of its quarterly earnings reports. It will now provide its results to investors on November 1.
In New York Power utility Con Ed warned customers in lower Manhattan that blackouts could affect streets as far north as 36th Street.
It was expected that streets closest to the East and Hudson rivers would be most affected. The major connection hubs 60 Hudson Street and 32 Avenue of the Americas are within the affected area.
“We have contacted customers on the southern tip of Manhattan and on the lower sections of the Hudson and East River,” Con Edison spokesman Alfonso Quiroz told Reuters, saying the firm’s automated calling system had placed calls to homeowners and businesses in the affected area.
At 1:00am Tuesday morning ET, Con Ed SVP for Electric Operations John Miksad said more than 650,000 customers in NYC and Westchester County were without power.
“This is the largest storm-related outage in our history,” Miksad said. Con Ed also appears to have suffered some problems with its transformers during the storm, some with have affected the Manhattan region.
A youtube video posted by TrillianMedia showed what appeared to be an explosion at a Con Ed power station in New York but no official statement or confirmation as to veracity of the video has been forthcoming.
A number of major websites were down this morning, including the New York City Government site, it is likely that many data centers were left running on backup power as major provider Consolidated Edison (ConEd) – one of the region’s major providers – reported a wide-scale blackout across the city.
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