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article imageVideo: Time-lapse of Hurricane Sandy shows New York in darkness

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 2, 2012 in Environment
New York - A time-lapse video captured from the Northside Piers Towers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, compresses the two days of Hurricane Sandy in New York into a two-minute clip. It shows the moment Manhattan was plunged into darkness as the storm descended.
According to Yahoo! News, the time-lapse video covers two days, from the early morning of October 29 until October 30. Petapixel reports the video begins during the calm before the storm at 1pm, Sunday October 28th, shows the storm gathering strength on the second day with ferocious winds of more than 80 mph.
The video ends at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, after the storm had passed, leaving death and destruction in its trail.
According to the Daily Mail, the video begins with Lower Manhattan lighted. It shows forlorn gloom spreading over the city as the Hurricane lands with increasingly heavy winds and pelting rain. Watch as the sky darkens and the downpour intensifies until at moments, the entire Manhattan skyline disappears.Then night falls and dawn breaks with gray clouds moving across the sky.
As night falls, the city's apartments blocks, high-rise buildings and the Williamsburg Bridge turn on lights again, but just before 8:04 p.m. Monday, at 1 minute 50 secs on the clip, the city goes dark at the moment of power outages and darkness cloaks the great city like a blue-black blanket, leaving only the weak lights of car headlights visible from afar.
The video reveals the stark contrast between the darkness over Brooklyn where, according to Daily Mail, 59,000 homes were plunged in darkness, and lighted homes in Williamsburg just across the bridge.
The video ends with the city still in darkness. Digital Journal reports that the outage in Manhattan was caused by a transformer that exploded at the Con Ed power plant in Lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Monday night.
According to the Daily Mail, "the usually-bustling streets of Soho, the Financial District, the East and West villages have remained eerily empty and quiet since the power went off, turning the popular night spots into ghost towns."
The Daily Mail reports that ConEd has assured that power will return on Friday or Saturday to the almost 250,000 homes and businesses affected by the explosion in its plant. The company has restored power to 2,000 homes in Lower Manhattan but the outage persists in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island
The video, created by Silas Maniatis, SMvideoChan, was uploaded to YouTube on October 30 and has received almost 2 million views.
Jalopnik comments it "is the best angle and longest exposure we've yet seen of Sandy's full impact."
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