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Massive Power Outage Hit Northeast

People throughout the Northeast are without power right now. Federal officials say it is not believed to be terrorism caused.

In Connecticut, Metro North Trains aren´t running, and officials say trains have stopped between stations. Parts of Connecticut are without power right now, including parts of Waterbury and Fairfield County. There is no power in Stamford, and people are lining up at pay phones because some people report difficulties using cell phones. Stranded commuters are trying to hail cabs and buses and rent cars to get home. Much of New York lost power, and there are reports of power outages in Detroit, Ohio, Toronto and throughout Ontario.

There´s a major power outage in New York City, affecting areas from Manhattan to Long Island and to the north. The buildings affected include the United Nations and New York Stock Exchange, along with Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

Independent System Operator (ISO) New England officials say they´re assessing the situation but have no details. White House officials say they´re monitoring the blackout. Connecticut State Police say there are no public safety issues right now. Thousands of people are streaming into the streets of lower Manhattan in 90-degree weather — as a power outage has hit the city and much of the rest of the northeast.

The blackout has affected elevators, as well as the city´s subways and its airports, including Kennedy and LaGuardia. A city emergency management official says, “We have no idea how extensive it is.”