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Hurricane Sandy: Lights out in Lower Manhattan

Power was shut off to parts of Lower Manhattan Monday evening, leaving 156,000 without power in New York City, as hurricane Sandy's storm surge threatened to flood electrical equipment.

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The number 1 subway train station is blocked by sandbags at Battery Park in New York Monday,in preparation for a storm surge as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast. By 7 p.m., power had been shut off in parts of Lower Manhattan due to the storm surge.

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New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc ED.N said on Monday that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes.

The company said in a release it cut service to two areas. The first is bounded by Frankfort Street to the north; William Street to the west; Wall Street to the south; and the East River. The second area is bounded by Broadway to the west; Wall Street to the north; and the southern tip of Manhattan.

The areas, some of which had already been evacuated, include about 6,500 customers. Con Edison said that, as of 7 p.m. Eastern time there were more than 156,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County without power due to Hurricane Sandy.

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