Some 492,000 lack power Friday after nor'easter, Sandy - U.S. government

Fri Nov 9, 2012 3:37pm GMT

Victor Ocasio pauses to catch his breath as he walks up a darkened stairwell to his 15th floor apartment in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing that remains without power in the Queens borough neighborhood of Edgemere in New York, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Victor Ocasio pauses to catch his breath as he walks up a darkened stairwell to his 15th floor apartment in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing that remains without power in the Queens borough neighborhood of Edgemere in New York, November 8, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

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(Reuters) - Some 492,000 U.S. homes and businesses remained without power as of 9 a.m. EST (2.00 p.m. British time) Friday morning from combined damages due to a nor'easter that hit the eastern United States on Wednesday and Hurricane Sandy last week, down some 269,000 from Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report.

The number of affected states had been reduced to three by Friday morning from six on Thursday evening.

(Reporting By Jeanine Prezioso; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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