Hurricane Sandy: Outages Threaten NYC As Severe Rain And Wind Gusts Cause Transformer Explosions [VIDEO UPDATE]

By Staff Reporter on October 29, 2012 7:54 PM EDT

Sandy Outages
Sandy Outages (Photo: conEdison)

Hurricane Sandy has been pulverizing New York City with dangerous wind gusts and severe flooding for a number of hours now and it seems like the city is beginning to show signs of weakness.

Major areas in Lower Manhattan (14 Street and below) are losing power this evening as Con Edison reported that over 70,000 New York City and Westchester County homes and businesses have already lost power due to severe weather conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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In response to the potential damages in lower Manhattan, Con Edison may even schedule a power shut down for an unspecified length of time. These shutdowns are a preemptive measure against water damage to utility and equipment that may cause more catastrophic damages later on. All Zone A evacuation areas located in Manhattan island's southern tip will be affected by the potential blackout.

Covering all bases, Con Edison also placed automated calling systems to notify homeowners and businesses in the affected area. What's more, the utility company also announced that certain New Yorkers in flood-prone areas of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx will receive potential shut down notifications as well.

To better understand blackouts occuring across the city, New Yorkers can check Con Edison's Outage Map to receive up-to-date information.

Finally, witness the incredible footage of violent explosions coming from a downed transformer in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

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