Posted at: 10/29/2012 8:40 PM
The number of New York homes and businesses without electricity has topped a million, most of them in the New York City area, as the hybrid storm Sandy moves inland.
The pace of customers losing power quickened into Monday evening as gusty winds toppled trees and broke away limbs, tearing down power lines across the state.
About 997,000 of the customers affected as of about 8:30 p.m. are in New York City, Long Island and the northern suburbs.
About 133,000 more lost power in the rest of the state as the storm's stronger winds began to be felt.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says outages are expected to be widespread and long-lasting.
Power will be restored first to hospitals, mass transit and police, fire, sewage and water-pumping stations.