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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
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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:

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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