It’s Here! Hurricane Sandy Superstorm Shuts Down East Coast (PHOTOS)

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    UPDATE: 11:40pm EST

    The New York University Langone Medical Center on the East Side of Manhattan is being evacuated and hospital officials are working to get patients moved after its back-up power generators failed, Mayor Mike Bloomberg told reporters Monday night.

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    UPDATE: 11:10pm EST

    ConEd has confirmed “spectacular blowout” of substation on 14th street in Manhattan.


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    UPDATE: 7:30pm EST

    At 8 p.m. EDT, Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City. Maximum sustained winds are 80 mph. It is moving toward the west-northwest at 23 mph. Sandy is a post-tropical cyclone.
    The latest information is found at www.hurricanes.gov

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    UPDATE: 5:00pm EST

    Nearly 1 million people are without power. According to @HurricanCentral the grand Total is 925,871 including: NY: 293,982 NJ: 248,669 CT: 89,600  659

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    UPDATE: 4:30pm EST

    President Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy in the Situation Room:

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    UPDATE: 3:35pm EST

    Over 500,000 people are without power due to Hurricane Sandy:

    As reported by CBS News:

    Outages are hitting customers in New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Con Ed called some New York City residents to let them know they may shut off power as the storm worsens.

    SOURCE: CBS News

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    UPDATE: 3:00pm EST

    A partial crane collapse in Manhattan on57th and 6th Avenue. An FDNY spokesperson says the boom of a crane is hanging off a building near 57th and 6th Avenue in Manhattan.

    The FDNY and other emergency responders are on scene.

    The NYPD has shut down streets in the area, so motorists should expect traffic delays.

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    UPDATE: 2:20pm EST

    Gov. Chris Christies says Hurricane Sandy has knocked out electricity to about 35,000 customers in New Jersey so far.

    Most are customers of Atlantic City Electric.

    Most of the outages are due to downed trees hitting power lines and flooding in substations.

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    UPDATE: 1:20pm EST

    President Barack Obama told reporters that he is not thinking about the election but instead of the families who will be effected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Barack Obama emails the nation:

    This is a serious storm, but we are going to do what it takes to keep people safe and secure, and make sure the communities affected get the assistance they need.

    FEMA is working with state and local governments to respond effectively. We all owe a debt of thanks to the first responders who will be dealing with the immediate impact of the storm.

    If you live in the storm’s path, please listen to state and local authorities about where and how to take shelter and stay safe — and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you are asked to evacuate, please take that seriously.

    For more information on how to prepare for this storm, visit Ready.gov.

    And if you’d like to find out how to support relief efforts where they’re needed most, please visit the Red Cross or your local relief organization:

    http://my.barackobama.com/Red-Cross

    Michelle and I are keeping everyone in the affected areas in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

    Barack

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    UPDATE: 12:05pm EST

    New York City public schools will remain closed on Tuesday as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced. He also said that the City government is open for business today. We’re here to serve New Yorkers when they need help.

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    UPDATE: 11:20am EST

    Hurricane Sandy is wrecking havoc on New Jersey as the powerful storm has knocked out electricity to more than 8,000 customers.

    Public Service Electric & Gas says most of its 4,000 customers without service are in Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.Jersey Central Power & Light is reporting 3,529 homes and businesses are without service. Most are in Monmouth County.

    Atlantic City’s public safety director also confirmed that most of the city under water. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels will close at 2 pm.  

    SOURCE: NYDN

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    Hurricane Sandy has caused New York City and most other cities on the Eastern border to completely shut down, as everyone prepares for the arrival of the powerful storm. 

    STORY: Frankenstorm! Hurricane Sandy Kills 22 In The Caribbean

    In New York City, mass transit has been suspended, schools are closed and financial markets aren’t trading. 

    A string mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall has sent thousands fleeing their homes.

    As reported by the Associated Press:

    Sandy’s predicted path is expected to hit Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York – putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

    The tempest could endanger up to 50 million people for days. Airports also closed, and authorities warned that the time for evacuation was running out or already past. Utilities brought in extra crews, anticipating widespread power failures.

    As rain from the leading edges began to fall over the Northeast on Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people from Maryland to Connecticut were ordered to leave low-lying coastal areas, including 375,000 in lower Manhattan and other parts of New York City, 50,000 in Delaware and 30,000 in Atlantic City, N.J., where the city’s 12 casinos shut down for only the fourth time ever.

    President Barack Obama spoke on Sandy, declaring emergencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, authorizing federal relief work to begin well ahead of time. He promised the government would “respond big and respond fast” after the storm hits:

    “My message to the governors as well as to the mayors is anything they need, we will be there, and we will cut through red tape…We are not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules.”

    Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph, killed 65 people in the Caribbean before it began traveling northward.

    As for New York City, many who live in zones prone to heavy flooding have been ordered to evacuate by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The map below shows the evacuation areas in NYC.

    Hopefully Sandy doesn’t cause the carnage that it’s predicted to.

    SOURCE: AP

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