Nearly 130,000 households were without power late Monday in areas near Washington and New York as a result of Hurricane Sandy, regional authorities and power company officials said, DPA reported.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there were an estimated 47,000 households without power in and around the city, while in the Washington and Baltimore, Maryland, areas, power companies reported about 80,000 households blacked out.
Officials in the worst affected areas said the number of outages was expected to soar as the storm makes landfall late Monday.
Many leafy suburban areas with mature trees and above-ground power lines were especially vulnerable. The trees become susceptible to toppling after heavy rain saturates the ground and loosens root systems.