Tropical Cyclone Sandy, unleashed its lethal wrath on the United States over the last 24 hours, killing at least 17 people in seven states and leaving an estimated seven million without power.
Unfortunately, people died as the hurricane ripped through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
This morning, President Obama issued disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey so that federal aid will be offered to the affected areas to help supplement state and local clean-up efforts.
Sandy reaped havoc over the entire New York City Transit Authority including 7 stations under water, the salt water in question is increasingly damaging to the electric system. The Midtown and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels are also flooded and being pumped out as I type this. Here’s the latest information according to ABC News;
In New York, the U.S. financial markets closed for a second day today, an unprecedented move for the stock exchange. In Lower Manhattan, the home of the financial district, a blowout at a Con Edison substation cut power to thousands of customers. The outage was likely the result flooding or flying debris, said John Miksad, senior vice president of electrical operations for the company.
Water flooded into parts of New York City’s subway system as well as vehicle tunnels; the water even flowed into the site of the 9/11 terror attack. America’s largest city was cut off from the outside world after Mayor Michael Bloomberg closed bridges and tunnels and transit systems shut down. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel took in more than 11 feet of water, WABC reported.
Approximately 670,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County were without power, due to factors including the explosion, outages in the overhead system and pre-emptive shutdowns.
Proper service will be restored as soon as possible, with authorities giving the repairs a week to 10 days to be up and running.
Stay tuned to SFPL for more updates …