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Oct 29, 2012 8:02 PM by The Associated Press

Utility cuts power to parts of downtown NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City's main utility has cut power to part of downtown Manhattan in a pre-emptive bid to lessen damage from a massive approaching storm.

Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert says the utility cut the power shortly after 7 p.m. Monday to 6,500 customers.

That's when a few inches of water began spilling over the seawall of lower Manhattan. A weakened Sandy approached the city, threatening an 11-foot storm surge.

Olert says that power was cut to customers in an area bordered by the Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway and the East River.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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