Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All 'Tricks' and No Treats from Sandy This Halloween...

As city crews pump water out of the subways and tunnels across NYC for a 2nd straight day, many residents will still find themselves without power for this Halloween.

As of 7am EDT this morning, 1.8 million customers were still without power in New York, with a staggering 70% of Long Island still in the dark.  In New Jersey, 86 percent of the region serviced by New Jersey Power & Light is without power.

Little has changed since this map was produced by the New York Times yesterday evening, to give you an idea as to the overall area covered by power outages.  It is estimated that 7 to 7.5 million are still without power this morning:

Yesterday we heard of several municipalities considering "cancelling" or postponing halloween, but I haven't seen anything in black and white this morning saying that any such decisions were made.

It will obviously be a lot more hazardous than normal to go trick-or-treating across the region this evening, so if you plan on going out, be sure to use extreme caution.  Keep in mind that a lot of street lights and traffic / pedestrian signals will not be working.  Try to wear some sort of reflective clothing and carry flashlights to both light your path and to allow others to see you.

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