Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Live updates on Sandy

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Many in the New York area are concerned about when the subways will be able to reopen. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted Monday night that rumors of a one-week timetable for reopening were only rumors, but did confirm that water had infiltrated subway tunnels. "The MTA cannot assess damage until Tuesday," another tweet said.
statement from MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota on Service Recovery  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. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.
Failure of a backup power generator has led to the evacuation of a hospital in New York's Midtown East neighborhood, reports. The NYU Langone Medical Center was transferring about 215 patients, including about 20 infants, to nearby hospitals by ambulance. 

Ambulances line up to evacuate NYU Hospital. Crazy!#sandy #nyc
North Bergen, N.J. mayor and state senator Nicholas Sacco reports a fire has broken out at a preschool after a tree downed powerlines at the facility. 

A fire has broken out at the North Bergen Pre-School, appears that a tree feel and hit a power line... North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue and North Bergen police are responding
The country's oldest nuclear power plant, which was already closed for maintenance, was placed on alert late Monday after water on the New Jersey coast rose six feet above sea level.. 
This widely shared image of floodwaters pouring through the pavilion housing Jane's Carousel  in New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park almost seems too eerie to be real, but The Atlantic did some digging and confirms its authenticity. For more Sandy photo fact-checking, click here

Jane's carousel is basically an island now. Poor horses.

7PM. Plymouth St & lower park areas flooded, water now breaching carousel. #dumbo #brooklyn #sandy
The U.S. Coast Guard has released this image of a replica of the HMS Bounty which sank Monday off the coast of North Carolina after it was caught in Hurricane Sandy. 

Photo of the Bounty submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during #USCG rescue #Sandy
Snow is really piling up in West Virginia.
Sandy Update: 17 inches of snow has fallen so far in Davis, WV. Much more to come.

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Check out @ConnorMcCrorey in Elkins, WV! Within the last 30 minutes or so, the wind and snow have really picked up!
The effects of Sandy are being felt in Philadelphia, where NOAA has recorded record rainfall and self-described independent photojournalist Dustin Slaughter took this picture of a collapsed building in the city's Fishtown neighbrohood
Record rainfall recorded at #Philadelphia Intl Airport: 2.36" fell by 5 p.m., breaking previous record of 1.72" set in 1953. via @NOAA

Spoke with the owner of a collapsed building in#Fishtown. 100 y/o garage gone. Harley inside.#SandyinPhilly #Sandy
Sandy is also being felt in Cleveland, where The Weather Channel reports powerful wind gusts. 
Winds gusting up to 68 mph in Cleveland, Ohio. #Sandy

Newark N.J. Mayor Cory Booker urges his constituents to stay indoors.
Still in the West Ward. So many trees down with power lines. Many streets blocked. Please stay off roads tonight and tomorrow.
Cory Booker

Sandy's near 14-foot storm surge has had devastating effects in New York and New Jersey, causing widespread flooding and shutting down mass transit.
Mike Bloomberg

Two New York-based late-night talk shows, David Letterman's "Late Show" and Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" sent their audiences home for safety reasons but taped their Monday episodes in front of rows of empty chairs.
Storm surge peaked at 13.88 ft at the Battery. Now 9.81 ft & going down. Power outages and other serious issues remain #NYC #Sandy
Two New York-based late-night talk shows, David Letterman's "Late Show" and Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" sent their audiences home for safety reasons but taped their Monday episodes in front of rows of empty chairs.
Washington DC's Metrorail and Metrobus service will not be running Tuesday morning, and an announcement will be made later on Tuesday as to when service might resume.
High water in the streets of New York near the World Trade Center.

Flooding at the corner of Greenwich St and Albany St #Sandy
The Associated Press released this photo of floodwaters pouring into the Ground Zero construction site in Manhattan on Monday night.

Wow: Floodwaters inundate Ground Zero construction site in NYC (via AP)
Our slideshow is being regularly updated and now contains close to 100 photos of the storm.
Sandy "has the power to alter the map of the Jersey Shore," Brian Williams reported.
Chilling emergency alert that went out to New Yorkers from the city's Office of Emergency Management with blunt instructions.

Keep getting these alerts on my iPhone. This one warns New Yorkers to stay inside and avoid driving. #sandy
Lights shine off the water flooding a New York intersection.
Chris Johnson of Levittown, Pa., tweeted this photo of his car after part of a tree in his front yard smashed the windshield.

I'm sorry I questioned you #Sandy. This will be a great reminder. @NBCPhiladelphia
A dark night for the city that never sleeps.

Lights out, Manhattan. Creepy. From promenade.
Floodwaters from Sandy enter the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) in a photo posted to Flickr by New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Landfall doesn't mean the end is in sight, Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, warns in a tweet.
Center made landfall but this NOT like some storms when that means worst is over soon - #Sandy is huge & extreme #weather will continue!
Don't believe everything you see. A much-circulated photo showing soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in drenching rain was not from Sandy, but taken during a downpour in September. And other photos are being tweaked to such an extent that they shouldn't fool anyone. Godzilla is not actually emerging from the waves. Our tech reporter looks at the lighter side of Sandy photos.

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