It's no longer classified a hurricane, but that's doesn't mean much to the folks who are feeling the effects of superstorm Sandy.
The National Hurricane Center now says Sandy is a post-tropical cyclone and while it's losing strength, it still has sustained winds at 85 mph. The center of the enormous storm made landfall at 8 p.m. (Eastern) near Atlantic City. It's merging with Arctic cold and a winter storm from the West.
Forecasters say the storm is still a vast and dangerous hybrid storm. It's already knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million customers and figures to make life difficult for millions more.
In New York City, the main utility has cut power to parts of downtown Manhattan in a pre-emptive bid to lessen the approaching storm's damage. A spokesman from Consolidated Edison says the utility cut power shortly after 7 p.m. to 6,500 customers. That's when a few inches of water began spilling over the seawall of lower Manhattan. Although weakened, Sandy could bring with her a 13-foot storm surge.
A superstorm that sent water rushing onto city streets has left a large swath of the lower part of Manhattan without power.
Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert said Monday evening that the power was out for most of Manhattan south of 26th Street.
On the east side, the power outage extended from 29th Street south. There were some scattered areas that still had electricity.
Olert said the damage stemmed from flooding and the probable loss of a transmission feeder.
The power outage was separate from a planned power cut that Con Ed did in certain lower Manhattan neighborhoods to protect underwater systems from flood damage.
Olert said there were 250,000 customers without power in Manhattan. A customer represents a single meter, so the number of people actually affected is likely higher.