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Mammoth storm Sandy plunges NYC into darkness
AP ^ | 10-29-2012 | By JENNIFER PELTZ and TOM HAYS

Posted on 10/29/2012 6:57:41 PM PDT by bimboeruption

Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. The city had shut its mass transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to leave home to get out of the way of the superstorm Sandy as it zeroed in on the nation's largest city. Residents spent much of the day trying to salvage normal routines, jogging and snapping pictures of the water while officials warned the worst of the storm had not hit. By evening, a record 13-foot storm surge was threatening Manhattan's southern tip, utilities darkened parts of downtown Manhattan on purpose to avoid storm damage and water started lapping over the seawall in Battery Park City, flooded rail yards and parts of the financial district. "Now it's really turning into something," said Brian Damianakes, taking shelter in an ATM vestibule and watching a trash can below down the street. Shortly after the massive storm made landfall in southern New Jersey, Consolidated Edison cut power deliberately to about 6,500 customers in downtown Manhattan to avert further damage. Then, huge swaths of the city went dark, losing power to 250,000 customers in Manhattan, Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said. Another 1 million customers lost power earlier Monday in New York City, the northern suburbs and coastal Long Island, where floodwaters swamped cars, downed trees and put neighborhoods under water. The storm had only killed one New York City resident by Monday night, a man who died when a tree fell on his home in the Flushing section of Queens.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackout; hurricanesandy; newyorkcity; storm
God have mercy on our Christian Brothers and Sisters living in this area.
1 posted on 10/29/2012 6:57:42 PM PDT by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

This could cause billions of dollars worth of improvements.


2 posted on 10/29/2012 6:59:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: bimboeruption

I just called my 80 year old Uncle in NJ and he is in the dark in his house. We didn’t stay on the phone long because we didn’t want to run down his battery. He said he hopes the roof doesn’t come off.


3 posted on 10/29/2012 7:05:48 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: gorush

Not makin’ lite of what’s happening,but the gov. up there seems to be more concerned about what size coke people should drink than preparing for something like this.


5 posted on 10/29/2012 7:06:44 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes
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To: bimboeruption

Federal bailout dollars coming...


6 posted on 10/29/2012 7:08:24 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: yldstrk

Does he have a firearm?


7 posted on 10/29/2012 7:09:38 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: yldstrk

Prayers for your uncle!


8 posted on 10/29/2012 7:13:44 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: bimboeruption

I was thinking the same thing. Too late now if he doesn’t, but I am guessing he does. He lives in the burbs, “bedroom community” type place.


9 posted on 10/29/2012 7:18:45 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: gorush
Two points of view, from opposite viewpoints:

1. All those people who stayed in Manhattan, because they live in high-risers, now realzie that their elevators don't work.

2. Just about every hi-rise apt building in Manhattan has underground parking..often 40-50 feet BELOW ground level..think of all those Caddys, Mercedes, Jags, and the odd Rolls and Ferrari, now totally submerged..

10 posted on 10/29/2012 7:21:41 PM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bimboeruption. Could have an impact on turnout and voter enthusiasm.
11 posted on 10/29/2012 7:29:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Imagine if this were a cat 3 or higher storm with more of a direct hit? It would make Katrina look like a summer outing.


12 posted on 10/29/2012 7:29:30 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: bimboeruption
Does he have a firearm?

Advisable since gangs are planning looting forays via Twitter. Source: Drudge.

13 posted on 10/29/2012 7:43:08 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Jail to the Chief!!)
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To: mplsconservative

Prayers for everyone in the path of this horrible storm.


14 posted on 10/29/2012 7:43:10 PM PDT by Catsrus (Ma)
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To: ken5050
think of all those Caddys, Mercedes, Jags, and the odd Rolls and Ferrari, now totally submerged.

Many of those submerged cars will show up in used car lots in the Midwest. Make sure you use carfax when purchasing a used car or have it inspected by a mechanic.

15 posted on 10/29/2012 7:57:41 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: ken5050

You may not have intended it but your post sounds snarky. I have 2 children in NYC. Honestly, I have been amazed at how nice most people are. I always thought New Yorkers were some sort of alien to live in a city that size (I live in Denver). Both kids are holed up in an apartment in the financial district but have no power. It is difficult to not be able to do anything.


16 posted on 10/29/2012 7:59:11 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: luvbach1
Advisable since gangs are planning looting forays via Twitter. Source: Drudge.

If it's going on via Twitter then I imagine there will be vigilante groups before long. They can watch Twitter too.

17 posted on 10/29/2012 8:00:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: bimboeruption

“Mammoth storm Sandy”

Katrina, Cat 5, 175mph
Allen, Cat 5, 190mph
Andrew, Cat 5, 175mph
Camille, Cat 5, 190mph measured before it destroyed the measuring instruments.

Sandy, Cat 1, 90mph. (the “monster storm” in history, because it happened in the belt between DC and NYC, the most important place on earth. Also, gave Obozo a chance to play master and commander of the far side of the earth)


18 posted on 10/29/2012 8:09:28 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SVTCobra03

They are supposed to get flood titles, but who knows.


19 posted on 10/29/2012 8:10:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: DesertRhino

Get a life and stop with the spam.


20 posted on 10/29/2012 8:24:11 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: ken5050

“1. All those people who stayed in Manhattan, because they live in high-risers, now realzie that their elevators don’t work.”

I think the security systems often depend on key cards, not keys. If you leave your building, you might not be able to get back in. Plus, negotiating stairwells in the dark is sure to be fun too.


21 posted on 10/29/2012 8:31:05 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: ken5050

“1. All those people who stayed in Manhattan, because they live in high-risers, now realzie that their elevators don’t work.”

I think the security systems often depend on key cards, not keys. If you leave your building, you might not be able to get back in. Plus, negotiating stairwells in the dark is sure to be fun too.


22 posted on 10/29/2012 8:32:12 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: ken5050

Not all New Yorkers are rich. This storm has wreaked havoc. I have no power and three people in Westchester county are dead. Two were brothers who were killed when a tree hit their house. This storm may be the equivalent of Katrina to New York.


23 posted on 10/29/2012 8:38:52 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ken5050

Not all New Yorkers are rich. This storm has wreaked havoc. I have no power and three people in Westchester county are dead. Two were brothers who were killed when a tree hit their house. This storm may be the equivalent of Katrina to New York.


24 posted on 10/29/2012 8:39:19 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ken5050

Not all New Yorkers are rich. This storm has wreaked havoc. I have no power and three people in Westchester county are dead. Two were brothers who were killed when a tree hit their house. This storm may be the equivalent of Katrina to New York.


25 posted on 10/29/2012 8:39:41 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ken5050

Not all New Yorkers are rich. This storm has wreaked havoc. I have no power and three people in Westchester county are dead. Two were brothers who were killed when a tree hit their house. This storm may be the equivalent of Katrina to New York.


26 posted on 10/29/2012 8:39:41 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ken5050

Not all New Yorkers are rich. This storm has wreaked havoc. I have no power and three people in Westchester county are dead. Two were brothers who were killed when a tree hit their house. This storm may be the equivalent of Katrina to New York.


27 posted on 10/29/2012 8:40:02 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ken5050

I think most of Manhattan still has electricity.

28 posted on 10/29/2012 8:40:12 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

And remember initially everybody thought New Orleans dodged the bullet during Katrina, the aftermath is still to come.


29 posted on 10/29/2012 8:41:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
Maybe your handle should be "NoCaffeineForMe". Wow, 5 double-posts in a row!

Or do you have one o' them new-fangled mice with a semi-auto button and no safety?

30 posted on 10/29/2012 8:54:19 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: luv2ski
Most of the black outs are in lower Manhattan and Long Island. I live in Queens in an area that is on high Ground and my lights are still on and it's not bad here with the wind or the rain. It all depends were you are at. Just staying in and staying dry. Right now they are saying on the news that the high tides didn't get up to the heights they predicted, but the subways are going to be messed up for awhile.
31 posted on 10/29/2012 9:10:45 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: silentreignofheroes; gorush

don’t worry though, the NYC authorities will be around passing out condoms and birth control pills to the kids. They stocked up for times like these.


32 posted on 10/29/2012 9:19:45 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JimC214

Battery City saw a tide of more than 13’. I have also seen photos of flooding in the financial district (where my kids are) and on the lower east side. It is going to be a colossal mess for the remainder of the week unless they are very efficient at getting things back on line. Neither of my kids have cars so are completely dependent on public transportation or cabs.


33 posted on 10/29/2012 9:21:33 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: JimC214

One weird thing is that I am watching a webcam of Times Square and there are 100s of people just milling around. What the heck? On the weather channel they show some reporter in Battery City park begin blown all over the place and people are strolling around Times Square like it’s a sunny Sunday...


34 posted on 10/29/2012 9:24:06 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: All

just had FOX go off the air down here, wonder if it’s just my cable or did they lose power in NY?


35 posted on 10/29/2012 9:32:52 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: DesertRhino

“....DC and NYC, the most important place on earth.”

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BS. Ever heard of New Braunfels, TX?


36 posted on 10/29/2012 9:50:11 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: DesertRhino

Thanks for putting it in perspective. The South has born the brunt of many killer hurricanes. Galveston has been completely wiped out by hurricanes in the early 20th century.


37 posted on 10/29/2012 10:12:53 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: The Cajun

WCBS 880 news radio announced that they lost power and have switched to 102.7 FM. They are on the air right now at 880, but they said if you tune into 880 and hear nothing, then they are at 102.7 FM. I don’t know about Fox News, because I don’t watch TV. There are 250,000 customers in lower Manhattan alone without power tonight.


38 posted on 10/29/2012 10:32:22 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: 353FMG

When i called the 225 mile strip from DC to NYC the most imporstant place on earth, i kinda intended that with a sarcasm tag. And New Braunfels, yes, ohhh, yes. The way things are supposed to be.


39 posted on 10/29/2012 10:49:41 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: EinNYC

Thanks, they were off for just 10-15 minutes then came back on, don’t know if it was cable here or their feed from NY.


40 posted on 10/29/2012 10:50:35 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

My lights flickered at several points today. I just looked up at the ceiling fixture and held my breath. Very fortunately, the flickers stopped without further incident. I hope there are no more threats to my power. We have underground power lines here and are on higher ground.


41 posted on 10/29/2012 10:58:43 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
All things considered, you're lucky to have power.
Hope it stays on for you.
42 posted on 10/29/2012 11:09:35 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: staytrue

Those buildings have generators for backup.


43 posted on 10/30/2012 12:40:07 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: luv2ski
For some reason Times Square attracts what I would call “nuts”. When it snows and the area has blizzard like conditions, there will be a crowd. Manhattan and Rockaway as well as Staten Island were hit hard. I hope your children are safe. But it will be awhile before mass transit and lights will get back to some semblance of normalcy.
44 posted on 10/30/2012 5:42:42 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: JimC214
You clearly know what you are talking about. Even at 11pm here last night (1 am ET), there were still tons of people down there just standing around. I just saw Jimmy Fallon on the weather channel doing his show with no audience. Seems like all those Times Square people could have gone. ;-)
Agree on the subway system, too. I heard a transit authority official last night say that they have to inspect 600 miles of subway before they can reopen it.
45 posted on 10/30/2012 7:04:09 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: The Cajun
Thank you. It did indeed stay on. But now we have NO subways, no buses, no airports open, several hospitals closed/evacuated, schools closed (YAHOO!! I'm a teacher...), massive flooding of lower Manhattan and The Rockaways, fires, at least 10 deaths in NYC alone, thousands without power, etc. I count myself extremely lucky that the worst that happened here was staying inside on a very windy rainy day. Some scary big THUMPS of things Unknown in the night, but I saw no evidence of what they may have been come daylight. Because we had a 2010 tornado right exactly in my neighborhood, most of the weak tree limbs were already torn off or trimmed off after the tornado. Thus, there are only a few limbs on my immediate street. I have not yet been outside; I received several robo-calls from the Office of Emergency Management (including one at midnight and one at 3:00 a.m.!!) telling me to stay home. Yeah, I'm gonna hop out of bed at 3:00 a.m. and go outside. All in all, it was horrible for other people and I feel for them.

QUESTION: Where the hell was OBAMA? Has he visited the affected areas? Absolutely not; talk is CHEAP. A puny pale imitation of a leader.

46 posted on 10/30/2012 8:16:47 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: luv2ski; staytrue

Trust all is well with you, your family and friends. No intent was meant to be snarky...I’m a native New Yorker..lived and worked in the city and burbs all my life, until a few years ago..both my daughters, and their families are in Westchester, and I have many friends having a miserable time with the storm, and the aftermath..


47 posted on 10/30/2012 8:50:17 AM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: dfwgator

You’ve got that right.

Aside from the contagious diseases that are very apt to go epidemic in the contaminated environment and densely populated area, you’ve got this to contend with:

http://www.naturalnews.com/037756_looting_Hurricane_Sandy_armed_resistance.html

I have a feeling that LE will be more concerned with protecting Eric Hole-Duh’s cherished “people” from reluctant victims than they will be in protecting less favored populations (if you get my drift) from being raped, looted, plundered, beaten and murdered by pillaging (and probably well armed) mobs.

When the crack and blow supply dries up you are really going to see some urban unrest!

How long do you think the elections are going to be “postponed” so as to avoid disenfranchising Obama’s constituency currently trapped in their section 8 high rises?
Getting some of those 500 pounders 65 stories down the stairs with the elevators out is going to be a lark.
Are their toilets plugged up yet?

I sure am glad I ain’t there! Prayers with you if you are.


48 posted on 10/30/2012 10:32:58 AM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: ken5050

Glad to hear it! Some on FR automatically dump on NYC b/c of the politics. My kids are OK. They don’t have power but are safe and have food that will get them through it. I heard it’s going to be 4 days before power is restored to the underground line served areas. Egads. What a mess.
Hope your friends and family are OK, too. My nephew in Brooklyn (near Prospect Park) has power and internet. Sounds like Heaven!


49 posted on 10/30/2012 11:10:01 AM PDT by luv2ski
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