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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A massive transformer explosion rocked a Con Edison plant Monday night as Superstorm Sandy raged.
The explosion occurred just before 8:30 p.m. at the plant at 14th Street and the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive. It was blamed for knocking out power to much of Manhattan. Power was down from 39th Street south all the way to the southern tip of Manhattan.
Con Ed said it could take up to a week for repairs to be made, and for power to be restored to the tens of thousands of customers left in the dark.
It was not immediately learned whether the explosion was directly related to the storm. It happened as Con Ed intentionally cut power to 65,000 customers in Lower Manhattan in an effort to protect equipment and allow for quicker restoration.
Another power loss occurred at Con Ed’s Central Command Station at about the same time, but that explosion has since been repaired.
As of early Tuesday, a total of about 4.1 million customers served by Con Edison, LIPA, PSEG, JCP&L, Connecticut Light and Power, Orange & Rockland, and NYSEG were without power. A customer is defined by a power meter, meaning that far more than 3,570,000 people were in the dark.
In New York State alone, Andrew Gov. Cuomo’s office said 1,374,312 customers were without power as of 10 p.m.
For updates on from your power company, click the links below:
- Massive Con Ed Transformer Explosion Blamed For Widespread Outage (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Con Ed Might Cut Power To 17,000 Customers In Lower Manhattan (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Sandy causes “Con Ed Plant” explosion causes power outages in Manhattan (video) (americanlivewire.com)
- Power Companies Urge Safety Precautions As Hurricane Sandy Approaches (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- 670,000 Without Power, ConEd Says Repairs Could Take A Week (sgtreport.com)
- Possible explosion at Con Ed power plant (salon.com)
- CON EDISON: None Of Our Workers Are Trapped Right Now (businessinsider.com)
- 670,000 Without Power, ConEd Says Repairs Could Take A Week – Interactive Status Map (zerohedge.com)
- UPDATE: Con Ed Confirms Power Shutoff In Downtown Manhattan (occupytvstations.com)
- Con Ed Expects ‘Record’ Outages As Tides Threaten Shut Down In Lower Manhattan (zerohedge.com)