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Utility says if storms bring serious floods, it could be forced to cut power to parts of NYC
NEW YORK (AP) ' New York City's biggest utility says it could cut power to the city's most vulnerable areas if Hurricane Irene brings serious flooding.
Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert says the utility doesn't expect to cut power before the storm hits, but flooding Sunday could bring a shutdown to areas including the southern tip of Manhattan and parts of the West Village.
He says nothing will be done proactively.
Flooding could cause severe damage to underground cables, transformers and other equipment if power were left on. He says a shutdown "allows us to do repairs more quickly and safely."