Nightly News | October 29, 2012
>> there. and about this power information in the city, as of 5:00 today, con-ed, the power company reported more than 70,000 people in the area were without power, not counting the suburbs where it is closer to 3 million already. the big decision, as jim mentioned, is still to come. nbc's harry smith got in with a camera crew today, where the con-ed executives were facing what was for them an unprecedented decision.
>> reporter: what are you anticipating having to do later on this evening?
>> the big question is going to happen at about 8:00 tonight, when we're going to have to make a decision of whether to shut down the financial center of manhattan.
>> reporter: and what would that be predicated on?
>> the water level , tide, we show back there it is forecasted to be somewhere between 11-12 peak. and that would be the highest tide the city has ever seen.
>> and that is exactly what jim cantore was talking about. if that happens, if water throws into power systems underground, there goes wall street , it is already supposed to be closed tomorrow. we could be looking worst case at the rest of the week for the beating financial heart of the united states . and certainly, lower manhattan . we want to