SuperStorm Sandy: Power Outages and Flooding
Update: 13 dead, 5 million without power.
The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Sandy from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm. The eye has just made landfall in Southern New Jersey.
Con Ed has cut power to all of lower Manhattan. More than 600,00 are without power in NYC, Westchester, Long Island and CT and will be for days. CNN says 2.2 million are without power in all of the affected states. The flooding is extensive and is expected to get worse.
How big is the storm surge?
"We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded" in the Northeast, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground..... "The energy of the storm surge is off the charts, basically."
Photos from the NY Times here. Updates to come. Shep Smith on Fox is doing a terrific job. He's always great with storm coverage. Fox News, which is in NYC, is has backup generator power. The lights go on and off, and it's really eerie to see Shep broadcasting in the dark except for the huge monitors which are running on backup power.
A few deaths have occurred. A tree fell over killing one man.
All the bridges are closed. The FDR drive is flooded. Manhattan is truly an island right now, there's no getting in or out. Yet, at Times Square on the webcam, there are still cabs driving and people out.
The economic damage is going to be enormous.
If the storm reaches the higher estimate of $20 billion in damage, that would put it ahead of Hurricane Irene, which raked the Northeast in August 2011 and caused $16 billion in damage. Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,200 people, cost $108 billion.
The tunnels in lower Manhattan are now flooded. The storm surge is now flooding towns in Long Island. Lower Manhattan is flooded up to 14th St and Union Square.
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