Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Ain't No Nice Girl; 30 Dead,7 Million Without Power

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc throughout a major portion of the East coast, with New York City being particularly hard hit.

The Big Apple was hit with a record 13-foot wall of water that flooded lower Manhattan. The subways were flooded, including the Queens Midtown and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel pictured above, and heavy rains and 90 mph winds took a toll on the city's power grid. A fifty foot strip was ripped out of Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk.In Maryland, at least 100 feet of a fishing pier at the beach resort of Ocean City was destroyed.

At least half a million people along the East Coast have been ordered to evacuate, including 375,000 from parts of New York City.

Might I add that if you've been ordered to evacuate, take it seriously and be safe.

All public transit has been shut down in most of the New York metro area and much of New Jersey, the schools and the NYSE are closed and damage is estimated to be as much as $20 billion.

Fires in New York City were also a problem in spite of the wet weather because firemen were unable to get to fire areas due to the unprecedented flooding. More than 50 homes were destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens.

The storm is now gradually lessening and moving inland.

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