UPDATE 6 p.m.:
Approximately 1.6 million customers are now without power due to the destructive force of Hurricane Sandy.
1.6 million customers without power now due to Hurricane #Sandy.
— Hurricane Central (@twc_hurricane) October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is barely making landfall, but already its whipping winds and storm-surge flooding have left more than 700,000 customers without power.
CNN puts the number at 765,000 in seven states.
BREAKING: Over 765,000 customers are WITHOUT POWER in 7 states due to #Sandy (NY, NJ, MA, PA, CT, DE, MD, RI, NH, ME, & Washington, DC)
— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) October 29, 2012