From the storm update on Con Edison’s site:
More than 650,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County lost electrical power due to Hurricane Sandy, Con Edison said early today. “This is the largest storm-related outage in our history,” said Con Edison Senior Vice President for Electric Operations John Miksad. The previous record was more than 200,000 customers affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Miksad cautioned crews must assess damage prior making to repairs, but early today low-lying areas of New York City and Westchester County remained under water. Challenges include, for example, more than 200 wires down on Staten Island. In Westchester County, more than 180 roads are closed. Restoring electrical service to underground equipment demands cleaning all components of sea water, drying and testing to make it safe to restore power.
A spokesman from Con Ed spoke to local television by phone this morning, advising those currently without power that it may be several days before repairs can commence in some areas. Last night’s transformer explosion in the East Village may take over a week to repair and lower Manhattan residents should plan accordingly. Those who can take temporary refuge with friends or family should consider doing so.