President Obama has declared a "major disaster" in New York after the city woke up Tuesday to apocalyptic scenes of widespread destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy that made landfall at 6:30 p.m. local time.
The skyline of Lower Manhattan was thrown into pitch darkness following a precautionary power outage on Monday night.
Digital Journal reports that the city's entire system—schools, stock exchange, Broadway—was shut down. According to Digital Journal, water levels reached record highs, overflowing at the waterfront after an unprecedented 13 ft wall of seawater and high tides rushed in, filling up the tunnels, subway stations, the electrical systems serving Wall Street. The Daily Mail reports the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey was closed, the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several others were closed because of high winds.
According to MSNBC, seven subway tunnels under the East River in New York City were flooded. The MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, said: "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."
Digital Journal reports seawater surged into lower Manhattan and areas of Brooklyn, submerging entire streets and parks Monday. According to the Daily Mail, a record tide level of 13.88 feet was set in Lower Manhattan, Monday night. The tide level broke the previous record of 11.2 feet from 1821.
The damage to New York City's power infrastructure was described as "unprecedented."
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, more than 90 percent of homes on Long Island lost power. In New Jersey, nearly 2.5 million homes and businesses were without power.
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New York: Explosion at the Con Ed power plant
The three major airports in the New York area—LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Kennedy—remained shut Tuesday with an estimated 15,000 flights canceled worldwide due to Hurricane Sandy, the Daily Mail reports.
According to MSNBC, rail traffic was also heavily disrupted. Amtrak canceled all of its Northeast Corridor service.
Hospitals closedDigital Journal reports New York University Medical Center was forced to evacuate 200 patients after its back-up generator failed.
According to the Daily Mail, the NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman, said babies at the neonatal intensive care on battery-powered respirators had to be moved. Gusts of winds made the operation difficult.
MSNBC reports that critical patients such as infants in neonatal intensive care, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Front facade of a Manhattan apartment building collapses under weight of Hurricane Sandy's strong winds.
The FDNY access a Manhattan apartment whose front facade was ripped off the winds from Hurricane Sandy.
The streets of the city were littered with cars floating in flood water. Homes were razed and a huge tanker washed ashore in Staten Island.
Digital Journal reports a construction crane on top of a luxury high-rise building in midtown Manhattan under construction hung precariously after it collapsed in heavy wind. Authorities ordered people to leave nearby buildings. The evacuees included 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel, the Daily Mail reports.
Digital Journal also reports that the facade of a four-story Manhattan building in the Chelsea neighborhood collapsed, leaving the interior of the houses visible from the street below. The Daily Mail reports no one was hurt.
Authorities are trying to estimate the dollar-value of the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. MSNBC reports that Gov. Chris Christie, said: "I think the losses will be almost incalculable."
According to Reuters, a disaster forecasting company predicted losses could reach $20 billion.
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The death toll has increased to 33 in US and Canada, including ten deaths in New York. NYC Mayor said the death toll in the city was ten, including two children, Jack Baumler and Michael Robson, aged 11 and 13, who were crushed by a falling tree as they played outside their home in Westchester County, New York state, at 6:45 p.m. Monday, the Daily Mail reports.
A woman was electrocuted to death by falling wires in Manhattan, and a 29-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Queens.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, commenting on the deaths, said, "Tragically we expect that number [of deaths] to go up."
The Daily Mail reports authorities estimate that at least 7.4 million homes across the US have lost power. Authorities say New York City may remain without power for a week. According to MSNBC, more than 8.1 million homes and businesses were without power across 17 states. Federal government estimates indicate that nearly half of the outages were in New York and New Jersey. News meteorologist Bill Karins, said to "expect the cleanup and power outage restoration to continue right up through Election Day."
Digital Journal reports explosions at a ConEdison substation plunged about 310,000 customers in Manhattan into darkness. According to the Daily Mail, Dani Hart, 30, who watched the explosions from the roof of her building in the Navy Yards, said: "We see a pop. The whole sky lights up."
Stephen Weisbrot, who watched the explosions from his 10th-floor apartment, said: "It sounded like the Fourth of July."
Life Rafts strapped on the top of a FDNY fire truck.
Flood waters in New York City
Nuclear power plantsDigital Journal reports an alarm was raised about nuclear power plants in the path of the storm. A nuclear plant at Indian Point, about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m.
Officials declared what they called an "unusual event" at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J., after water surged to 6 feet above sea level during the evening. The "unusual event" was upgraded to an alert. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), an "alert" is the "second lowest of four NRC action levels." The statement by the NRC said the "alert" was due "to water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant’s water intake structure."
Heavy winds knocked down large trees and limbs in Brooklyn New York this afternoon.
The Breezy Point fireDigital Journal reports that about 200 firefighters spent the night fighting a massive conflagration in Breezy Point, a seaside community in Queens, where about 80 homes were destroyed. MSNBC reports N.Y. firefighters had difficulty reaching the blaze due to the weather conditions.The cause of the fire was not certain.
Photos showed firefighters wading through floodwater reaching up to their chests and rescuing people trapped in burning houses at great risk to themselves. Digital Journal posted a video footage showing a "hellish swath" of homes engulfed in flames with firefighters working to control the spread of the fires.
Flooding on the streets of Norfolk, VA as a result of Hurricane Sandy
Wall Street closed
Stock trading remains closed for a second day running. The last it was closed for two days was 1888, the Daily Mail reports. The stock exchange was aslo closed in 1985, after Hurricane Gloria.
The National Hurricane Center said that as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sandy was moving westward across Pennsylvania and was centered 145 kilometers west of Philadelphia. Sandy lost its hurricane status Monday and was re-classified as an extratropical cyclone.