Superstorm Sandy in photos: the full Frankenstorm blog
SUPERSTORM Sandy has hit America’s East Coast. Why? The obvious explanation is that with the Presidential election a matter of days away, the weather machines have been switched on. Others believe it never happened. Says New Yorker Lorenzo Montanez: “I think its malarkey. They are just hyping it up so people can go and buy stuff they don’t need, and scare the s*** out of people.” Why else named a killer storm after the lead character in Grease? Frankenstorm might be better.
New York has taken a pounding. Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls Sandy as “a once-in-a-long-time storm”. Estimates are that 5.8 million have lost power along the East Coast of the US. Parts of the New York Subway system are under salt water.
Tony Lee, a Briton holidaying in Brooklyn overnight, told Sky News:
“There is a lot of bright lights and flashing in the sky. We initially thought we had seen an explosion over the Lower East Side, but locals told us it was probably a transformer that had blown up, so we immediately lost any internet connection, lights and power, so that was quite frightening. We were surrounded by green flashes of lightning and this howling wind, and everything bending over and flying at the windows and we are on the fourth floor. There are things coming off trees and off the roofs, which is frightening.”
A building collapsed in Manhattan. On 8th Avenue and 14th street in Chelsea, the top two floors of a residential building have been left exposed.
Buildings caught fire in a block in the Rockaway Park area of Queens, NY.
16 inches of snow in West Virginia has fallen in West Virginia.
Power failed at NYU’s Langone Medical Centre. All patients were moved to other facilities.
Fourteen are dead. So far. A Canadian woman was killed by flying debris; a man 30-year-old man was killed by a fallen tree in Queens; a house collapsed on a woman in Pennsylvania; a sailor and his captain fell from a replica of the HMS Bounty off the Carolinas – the sailor was rescued but died in hospital; the captain is lost at sea – a woman is Queens was electrocuted after stepping into a puddle.
All eyes look up on 57th Street. The arm of a huge crane building a very tall building has come loose. Will it fall?
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says New Jersey’s Oyster Creek in Lacey Township is fine.
Stop press: the Hurricane has killed 51 people in Haiti.
In New York FDR Drive is under water. Care have been bobbing around.
The photos are here. Or here if you prefer:
Judiann Parker watches the rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean from a partially boarded-up window early Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, N.J., as high tide and Hurricane Sandy begin to arrive. With Sandy poised to make a direct hit on New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has issued a typically blunt warning to those thinking of riding it out in low-lying coastal areas: "Don't be stupid. Get out." The storm was still hundreds of miles away, but was already making its approach known to New Jersey on Sunday with high winds, rough surf and coastal flooding as thousands of people fled to what they hoped would be safer ground. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)