ConEd said New York City customers served by underground equipment should see electricity restored to service in four days. Those who get power from overhead lines are expected to wait a week. Why will it take so long?
New York and New Jersey were particularly hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Power losses and interruptions in subway service could last for days. Some wonder if certain polling places will be ready to open in time for next week's election.
Hurricane Sandy caused a record storm-related power outage in New York City and has more than 7.4 million homes and businesses without power. So why aren't cities burying more power lines underground to avoid the blackouts?
Sandy, no longer a hurricane, but still huge, killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants, and stopped the presidential campaign cold.
Stock futures were down Monday as Hurricane Sandy shut down the major US financial markets, the first unplanned shutdown since September 2001. Stock futures on the Dow slid 99 points in premarket trading, and several companies postponed earnings reports due to Hurricane Sandy.
Some Republicans, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have praised Obama's response to the hybrid superstorm, but former FEMA chief Michael Brown, who coordinated the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, say that the White House has acted too quickly.