Mayor: Hurricane death toll at 41, lights are coming back in most of Manhattan by midnight

The Lower East Side on Tuesday. (Reeve Jolliffe via Flickr)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the death toll in New York City from Hurricane Sandy has risen to 41, and that "there could be more fatalities that are discovered."

He also said that power is coming back on in most of Manhattan by midnight tonight, although parts of Manhattan and the outer boroughs won't be back until later, in some cases much later.

"Con Ed is starting to recover areas in Manhattan today," Bloomberg said. "And the hope is to have power restored to most of the borough by midnight tonight, which is certainly great news. Some of these areas should start coming on within a couple of hours."

Two networks in Lower Manhattan will, according to the mayor, "take a little longer to bring back online."

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Those areas served by overhead power lines, including more than 30,000 homes in Rockaway, will take "a lot longer."

At the present, about 460,000 New York City households remain without power, about half of them in Manhattan.

In other hurricane-related updates, the Staten Island Ferry will resume full service tomorrow, the Holland Tunnel is allowing buses and commercial vehicles through, and the carpool requirements on East River Manhattan-bound bridges will be lifted at 5 p.m. today.

"We expect so much power to be restored and mass transit to be restored, that it will not be necessary to reinstitute those on Monday," said Bloomberg. "Although if the city is so clogged the way it was last Wednesday where even emergency vehicles couldn't get around, we will reinstitue these."

The city is also working with the state and federal government to ease the gas shortage by, among other things, restarting the Buckeye Pipeline that brings in fuel from New Jersey.

Bloomberg also addressed the controversial issue of the New York City Marathon, which is going to proceed on Sunday, according to the mayor's wishes.