Skip to comments.Mammoth storm Sandy plunges NYC into darkness
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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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.
Those buildings have generators for backup.
QUESTION: Where the hell was OBAMA? Has he visited the affected areas? Absolutely not; talk is CHEAP. A puny pale imitation of a leader.
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..
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:
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.
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!
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