Power problems persisted from Connecticut and New York in the
east, to Michigan and Ohio in the midwest, and north up into Canada.
Energy officials say it will take a while yet to restore full power.
In New York City, police and firefighters were inundated with twice
the usual number of emergency calls overnight, and there were more
than 800 elevator rescues.
But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, for the most part, the city was
coping with the outages, and he urged non-essential city workers
to stay home Friday.
"In short, New Yorkers showed that the city that burned in the
1970's when facing similar circumstances is now a very different
place, a city that has resiliency to conquer adversity and not
succumb to it, like we did back then," he said.
In Cleveland, Ohio, the concern was water. Although power is
now being restored in the city, it may be a while before pumping
stations can resume the water flow to residents.