Now with an earlier than expected estimate, ConEd says power should be back on in all of Manhattan by the end of today, spokesman Robert McGee told Bloomberg News. Yesterday, the utility told residents in many Manhattan neighborhoods their power would be on by Saturday at 11 p.m., as The Atlantic Wire's Alex Abad Santos notes yesterday. But the company sounds confident about the pace of repairs since then. "We’ve made some significant progress," McGee said in an interview today with Bloomberg's Michael McKee. "We do hope to get all of Manhattan back by the end of the day today." While that's not a definitive "this is happening," that glimmer will get people's hopes up. We imagine ConEd wouldn't even suggest something as exciting as this if it didn't mean it.
As of this morning, 570,000 customers were still without electricity in the New York City and Westchester, reports Reuters. (An improvement from the 650,000 number quoted last night.) 226,000 of those people are in Manhattan. And we can imagine those 226,000 can't wait to get their power back—minus the whole cleaning out the smelly fridge part. As for the rest of those hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without power, Con Ed didn't have any good news updates for them.