More than 2 million New Yorkers state wide are without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on CNBC Tuesday morning.
"It's a more complicated situation for us than usual because there's basically a reciprocity with other states, where in a power situation other states will send in their crews,” Cuomo said. “Because so many states were affected here, we're trying to get crews from as far away as Texas and California. We're using National Guard personnel to do power restoration. And then we'll get on with the long-term reconstruction."
Con Edison reported about 780,000 customers with no power in the city and Westchester as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The company estimates that customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan served by underground electric equipment should have power back within four days.
Restoration to all customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week.
Water poured into the subway tunnels, and Bloomberg said the subway system would likely be closed for four or five days.