Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy

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  • 07:23
    Good morning and welcome to our liveblog on Superstorm Sandy.
  • 07:27
    The storm changed from being a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone as it came ashore, according to the National Hurricane Centre in the US. The centre said a post-tropical cyclone still packs hurricane-force winds, Sandy has brought gusts of 130km/h to the US east coast, but does not have the characteristics of a tropical storm. (For a full explanation of a post-tropical cyclone read here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_transforms_int.html)
  • 07:40
    Sandy has reportedly killed 16 people overnight and caused flooding on major roads and public transport networks and resulted in millions of people losing power in their homes on the US east coast.
  • 07:49
    Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in areas such as Manhattan and Atlantic City, where the famous boardwalk has taken a battering. Storm damage was projected at $10 billion to $20 billion, meaning Sandy could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.
  • 07:51
    "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night, ” according to New York City transport director Joseph Lhota.

    It could take anywhere from 14 hours to four days to get the water out of the flooded subway tunnels, the authority said.

    "The damage has been geographically very widespread throughout the entire subway, bus, Long Island Railroad and Metro North system."
  • 07:53
    President Obama made a direct appeal to those in harm’s way: “Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm.”

    Mr Obama and his presidential election rival Mitt Romney have decided to suspended their campaigning, even with just over a week to go before election day.
  • 07:58
    This picture by Brian McDermid for Reuters shows flood waters brought by Sandy running over cars in New York's lower east side.
    This picture by Brian McDermid for Reuters shows flood waters brought by Sandy running over cars in New York's lower east side.
  • 08:05
    Google has published a "crisis map", providing information about the path of Sandy and problems such as power outages left in the storm's wake. http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy
  • 08:08
    Nuclear operator Exelon Corp has declared an "alert" at its Oyster Creek power plant in New Jersey due to a storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. The commission warned that a further water rise could force the plant to use emergency water supplies to cool spent uranium fuel rods. More here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1030/breaking10.html

  • 08:20
    Awaiting an update from Aer Lingus, which last night said flights EI-105 Dublin to New York and EI-104 New York to Dublin would be cancelled today. The airline said flights EI-109 Dublin to New York and EI-108 New York to Dublin were scheduled to operate but this was subject to change.

    It was planning to operate flights EI-125 Dublin to Chicago and EI-124 Chicago to Dublin; EI-121 Dublin to Orlando and EI-120 Orlando to Dublin; EI-135 Shannon to Boston and EI-134 Boston to Shannon; EI-137 Dublin to Boston and EI-136 Boston to Dublin.
  • 08:24
    Associated Press reporting that a storm surge of 13.7ft (4.2m) hit Manhattan in New York City, comfortably beating the previous record of 10.5ft (3.2m) set in 1960 by Hurricane Donna. The highest wind gust was recorded as 90mph (144km/h) on Long Island, New York. Newark International Airport in New Jersey experienced winds of 78mph (125.5 km/h).
  • 08:30
    The New York Fire Department saying some 50 homes in the Breezy Point area of Queens have been destroyed by a fire which broke out as Sandy passed through the area.
  • 08:36
    A photograph by Victor J. Blue for Bloomberg shows someone wading through a flooded street in the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
    A photograph by Victor J. Blue for Bloomberg shows someone wading through a flooded street in the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
  • 08:43
    Our colleague Jason Kennedy has been in touch with Dublin Airport Authority which says all flights from Dublin to Washington, Philadelphia and New York have been cancelled. Airlines are still making up their minds on whether or not all flights to Boston should also be put off.
  • 08:45
    We're awaiting details on services to and from Shannon but it's hard to see there being much, if any, air traffic between Ireland and the eastern US coast today. Reports that 14,000 flights have been cancelled in recent days as a result of the storm.
  • 08:54
    This picture by Andrew Burton of Getty Images shows fire fighters examining an apartment building in New York which had its front wall collapse as Sandy passed through.
    This picture by Andrew Burton of Getty Images shows fire fighters examining an apartment building in New York which had its front wall collapse as Sandy passed through.
  • 09:00
    Reuters reporting that a levee has broken in northern New Jersey, flooding the towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt with some 1.5 meters of water. "We are in rescue mode," said Geanne Baratta, chief of the Bergen County Executive, which serves the area. There were no reports of fatalities as of yet, she said. Ms Baratta said the three towns had been "devastated" by the flood of water.
  • 09:13
    AFP: President Obama declares 'major disaster' in New York after storm
  • 09:14
    The Weather Channel is streaming its coverage of Superstorm Sandy on YouTube. You can watch it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yXMU2qwCVag
  • 09:17
    US stock markets closed yesterday due to weather for the first time in 27 years and will remain closed today.

    The NYSE and Nasdaq, the largest US exchange operators, said they intend to reopen tomorrow, conditions permitting. The bond markets will also close today, with traders also aiming to reopen tomorrow.
  • 09:19
    Sandy has knocked out power to more than 7 million homes and businesses along the US east coast
  • 09:25
    Reuters saying a man died in New York City when a house was hit by a tree and that a woman was killed after stepping into an electrified puddle of water.

    The agency also said: "Two other people were killed in suburban Westchester County, north of New York City, and a motor vehicle death in Massachusetts was blamed in part on the bad weather.

    "Two others were killed in Maryland in storm-related incidents, state authorities said, and deaths also were reported in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, CNN said.

    "Toronto police also recorded one death - a woman hit by flying debris."
  • 09:27
    The fact the eastern US is under siege has rasied Sandy's profile, but we shouldn't forget that the storm killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean last week
  • 09:31
    Let us know how you or any friends/family have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. Leave a comment below or email news@irishtimes.com
  • 09:35
    Obama declaring a major disaster in New York and Long Island means that federal funding will be available to people in the areas, which have so far been hit by the brunt of the storm.
  • 09:41
    Shannon Airport tells us the United Airlines flight to Newark has been cancelled.

    A British Airways London to JFK Airport, which stops at Shannon but does not pick up passengers, has also been cancelled.

    An airport spokesman said all flights from Shannon Airport are expected to resume tomorrow.
  • 09:57
    AP: Sandy reaching into the Midwest, with Chicago officials warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of over 60 mph (100km/h) and waves exceeding 24ft well into Wednesday.
  • 09:58
    "As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain and high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland," AP adds.

    "Remnants of the former Category 1 hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania (today) before taking another sharp turn into western New York state."
  • 10:12
    A US Coast Guard handout image of the HMS Bounty sailboat submerged in the Atlantic Ocean after being caught in the crossfire of Hurricane Sandy. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman who was later pronounced dead an
    A US Coast Guard handout image of the HMS Bounty sailboat submerged in the Atlantic Ocean after being caught in the crossfire of Hurricane Sandy. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman who was later pronounced dead an
  • 10:18
    Genevieve Carbery has pulled together a gallery of images relating to Superstorm Sandy, which you can see here: http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/gallery/2012/10/30/superstorm-sandy/
  • 10:22
    Updated report on Sandy here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1030/breaking5.html

    "Although weakening, the massive storm - which caused wind warnings from Florida to Canada - will continue to bring heavy rain and local flooding."
  • 10:40
    Reuters: More than 1 million people in a dozen states are under orders to evacuate as the massive system plows westward.
  • 10:42
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Twitter: "New Jersey is a tough place. We will dig out from under and we will be back. #sandy"
  • 10:45
    Newark mayor Cory Booker, who some will know from the 2002 election documentary Street Fight, says on Twitter: "In the fell clutch of circumstance WE have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance WE are battered, but unbowed."
  • 10:50
    Manhattan is seen without power from a flooded area of waterfront in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Photograph: Robert Stolarik/New York Times.
    Manhattan is seen without power from a flooded area of waterfront in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Photograph: Robert Stolarik/New York Times.
  • 10:56
    Some 2.4 milllion without power in New Jersey. A further 1.9 million in New York and 1.2 million in Pennsylvania
  • 10:57
    The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen, says NJ governor Chris Christie. "The surge was so strong we have rail cars on the Jersey Turnpike this morning."
  • 10:58
    @redcross says: "Nearly 11,000 people spent Monday night in 258 Red Cross shelters across 16 states."
  • 11:08
    Mark Wilson of Getty Images captures two diggers clearing sand brought in by Hurricane Sandy off a road in Cape May, New Jersey as day breaks on the US east coast.
    Mark Wilson of Getty Images captures two diggers clearing sand brought in by Hurricane Sandy off a road in Cape May, New Jersey as day breaks on the US east coast.
  • 11:12
    New Jersey city of Hoboken extends curfew through to 6pm (US time). "Absolutely no driving. Police will consider anyone on street in violation of curfew," says statement from Hoboken authorities.

    "There are reports of multiple live wires down throughout the City, and PSE&G cannot get into Hoboken to confirm that they are de-energized. Manhole covers have been displaced and pose a serious threat to pedestrians and cars on flooded and non-flooded streets. Flooding in the city remains widespread."
  • 11:18
    A graph outling the most costly US hurricanes by insured losses.
    A graph outling the most costly US hurricanes by insured losses.
  • 11:21
    The calm after the storm: A man takes a picture of calm seas and sun-dappled clouds in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at sunrise on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst.
    The calm after the storm: A man takes a picture of calm seas and sun-dappled clouds in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at sunrise on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst.
  • 11:24
    Deirdre Haslett Was booked to travel to Boston today. So pleased I took Aer Lingus advice and came on Sunday. Here in Wellesley, MA, my granddaughters' schools are closed and the streets are deserted. However, Wellesley has its own power supply, and unlike most of the towns around us, we have had no outages.
  • 11:29
    As mentioned earlier, both the Obama and Romney camps have said there will be no campaigning while the fallout from the storm is dealt with.

    Reuters says both Republicans and Democrats are privately fretting about the storm's potential impact on a week of candidate appearances and door-to-door campaigning by volunteers that is so crucial in get-out-the-vote efforts.

    There also is concern about the impact on early voting - a priority for both campaigns but especially Obama's – and election day itself, if predictions that millions of people and their polling precincts could be without power well into next week come true.

    "It's a totally unpredictable situation that can play out in many different ways, with risks and rewards for both candidates - which is exactly why political consultants on both sides are very scared right now," said Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University in New Jersey.
  • 11:55
    Message to employees posted on nyc.gov website: "New York City needs your help today. If your office is open and you can safely report to work, please do so - but only if you can get in safely. If your office is closed and you can safely report to a nearby shelter to assist with operations, please do so."
  • 11:59
    Fire in Breezy Point area of Queens, mentioned below at 9.30am, has now reportedly destroyed as many as 100 homes.

    Associated Press says: A fire department spokesman said one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital. Two civilians suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
  • 12:02
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie keeping an eye on the bigger picture. "Despite taking some heat on it, we believe that some of our tree trimming efforts over the past year have paid off in this storm" - via Twitter.
  • 12:16
    Interactive New York Times piece: Assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy - http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/30/nyregion/hurricane-sandys-aftermath.html?smid=tw-nytimes
  • 12:21
    Cars float in a flooded basement car park in New York’s financial district. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.
    Cars float in a flooded basement car park in New York’s financial district. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.
  • 12:24
    A section of the old boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey is seen destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images.
    A section of the old boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey is seen destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images.
  • 12:48
    Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo advising those returning home to "walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering"
  • 12:51
    Updated Irish Times story on Superstorm Sandy: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1030/breaking5.html
  • 12:58
    Despite the aforementioned break in election campaigning, Romney reportedly holding a "storm relief event" in Kettering, Ohio, at the same arena as his previously scheduled political rally.

    NASCAR driver Richard Petty and country music singer Randy Owen among the star-studded line-up. Ohio one of the key states that could swing the outcome, and with the candidates apparently deadlocked, Romney seemingly saw it as an opportunity not to be missed.
  • 12:59
    David Letterman, who continued his "Late Show" in New York without an audience last night, joked: "The storm has stopped the presidential campaign, so at least some good has come of it."
  • 13:05
    Report on member of HMS Bounty crew who died after the boat sank during the storm. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1030/breaking32.html
  • 13:08
    Newark mayor Cory Booker says it could take upwards of a week to restore power for the city. "I will do everything in my power to compress that time."
  • 13:10
    New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to give an update on situation around Sandy in the next 15 minutes. It can be watched here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/index.html
  • 13:25
    Election action seems to be rumbling on regardless. Former president Bill Clinton, who stood in for Obama in Florida yesterday, plans to press ahead with three stops in Iowa today. Romney's wife, Ann, will attend a "victory rally" in Iowa after making a stop at a storm-related event in Wisconsin.
  • 13:43
    No sign of Bloomberg yet for this presser. Live feed shows journalists still waiting diligently
  • 13:47
    Waves crash against the demolished section of the Atlantic City boardwalk in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's landfall. Photograph: Tom Mihalek/Reuters.
    Waves crash against the demolished section of the Atlantic City boardwalk in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's landfall. Photograph: Tom Mihalek/Reuters.
  • 13:59
    Some of the 100 or so homes in Breezy Point, Queens, New York that were devastated by a fire which broke out when Superstorm Sandy hit the borough overnight. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.
    Some of the 100 or so homes in Breezy Point, Queens, New York that were devastated by a fire which broke out when Superstorm Sandy hit the borough overnight. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.
  • 14:01
    Guest What a plonker Letterman is making a cheap jibe about a dangerous storm that has already claimed lives ! Shame on him
  • 14:07
    New York mayor Bloomberg praises “heroic” efforts of emergency services. Hopes there was no loss of life in fire in Queens.
  • 14:08
    He says Sandy has claimed lives of at least 10 in city, but expects that figure to rise as more information comes in.
  • 14:10
    “Two biggest challenges” facing New York are getting mass transit system back up and running and restoring power to homes. “A lot of patience” needed and administration will move heaven and hell to help them restore services.

    Bloomberg says 750,000 without power, some may be without for three days or more. No firm timeline for restoration of bus and train services. Roads should be clear by tomorrow. Airports closed as runways flooded. Extent of damage to navigation equipment etc not yet known.
  • 14:12
    He says falling crane in NYC is stable but cannot be fully secured until winds die down. Schools to remain closed tomorrow.
  • 14:13
    Tom, Irishman in New York Readers may be interested to see some of my footage from my walkabout last night in the Queens area, 8 PM, getting into the height of Hurricane Sandy: http://youtu.be/6s_OYqNXhUI
  • 14:15
    Mayor Bloomberg: “We’ll get through days ahead by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, helping our neighbour and getting the city we love back on its feet.”
  • 14:23
    Residents of Little Ferry, New Jersey are rescued from flood waters after a levee broke in a neighbouring town as a result of flood waters brought about by Superstorm Sandy. Photograph: Fred R. Conrad/New York Times.
    Residents of Little Ferry, New Jersey are rescued from flood waters after a levee broke in a neighbouring town as a result of flood waters brought about by Superstorm Sandy. Photograph: Fred R. Conrad/New York Times.
  • 14:37
    The New York Stock Exchange expects to open as usual tomorrow. Its facilities were not damaged during the storm, a spokesman said.
  • 14:42
    New York City's subway service is unlikely to resume for four to five days. Mayor Bloomberg said the city was hoping to resume limited bus service today and a full bus service tomorrow.
  • 14:45
    President Obama has cancelled another day of campaigning tomorrow and will stay in Washington to oversee the response to Hurricane Sandy, the White House has confirmed.
  • 14:50
    A statue is seen among homes devastated by fire and the effects of the hurricane in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
    A statue is seen among homes devastated by fire and the effects of the hurricane in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
  • 14:54
    At least three nuclear reactors in the north-eastern region of the US have been shut down as a result of the hurricane, sending American nuclear output to lowest level since 2003. Generation nationwide declined by 6.4 per cent to 69,640 megawatts.
  • 14:58
    Douglas Blonsky, president and chief executive officer of the Central Park Conservancy, examines a 100-year-old uprooted oak tree in Central Park in New York today. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg
    Douglas Blonsky, president and chief executive officer of the Central Park Conservancy, examines a 100-year-old uprooted oak tree in Central Park in New York today. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg
  • 15:03
    Surging storm waters and fallen trees have knocked out cable or telephone service to more than one million customers in and around New York City and thousands more in other parts of the state.
    About 1.65 million cable customers were left without service in metropolitan New York, Long Island and the and the lower Hudson River valley.
  • 15:13
    Rescue workers carry a wheelchair-bound resident from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey today. Photograph: Adam Hunger/Reuters
    Rescue workers carry a wheelchair-bound resident from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey today. Photograph: Adam Hunger/Reuters
  • 15:16
    New York City officials have begun to clear downed trees and branches, and crews of street cleaners are scrubbing muck from the roads.
  • 15:19
    2,094,534 New Yorkers are currently without power, according to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
  • 15:23
    Governor Cuomo is tweeting (@NYGovCuomo) some useful advice: "After a flood, upon entering building use battery-powered flashlight DO NOT use open flame as a source of light, gas may be trapped inside."
  • 15:27
    Watch Mayor Bloomberg's full address on the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy here: http://mikebloomberg.com/index.cfm?objectid=A48E0C53-C29C-7CA2-FD6EA5B7D68855FB
  • 15:30
    Mayor Bloomberg says “the best thing New Yorkers can do to help right now is stay off the roads to allow recovery crews to do their job”.
  • 15:35
    Airlines scrapped one in five scheduled US flights today. A total of 6,117 flights were grounded, 20 per cent of the total for the day.
  • 15:37
    The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images
    The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images
  • 15:43
    Cuban sugar farmers have been scrambling to drain plantations in the eastern provinces of Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Holguin where Hurricane Sandy flattened and flooded sugar plantations late last week, Reuters reports.
  • 15:47
    Mayor Bloomberg has thanked “the FDNY, NYPD & other 1st responders for their heroism & commitment to the safety of our citizens”.
  • 15:50
    Citigroup Inc., the third-largest US bank, has said flooding and outages are preventing employees from working at its main buildings in lower Manhattan. The building at 111 Wall Street "is without power and impacted by flooding," and is likely to remain inaccessible for several days, according to a memo sent to employees today.
  • 15:55
    Mitt Romney went ahead with a planned campaign event in Ohio today, but concentrated on storm relief efforts. He said Americans have “heavy hearts” because of suffering along the East Coast. He collected bags of relief goods from supporters and did not mention Mr Obama in his brief remarks.

    His running mate Paul Ryan cancelled three appearances in Colorado today.
  • 15:58
    Mike Martin pushes a wheelbarrow full of seaweed left by Hurricane Sandy back to the ocean in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
    Mike Martin pushes a wheelbarrow full of seaweed left by Hurricane Sandy back to the ocean in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
  • 16:02
    The water supply has been declared safe to drink.
  • 16:04
    Reports are coming in of mass looting in Coney Island.
  • 16:10
    Members of a New York Police Department tactical team rescue Haley Rombi (3) in the Dongon Hills neighbourhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times
    Members of a New York Police Department tactical team rescue Haley Rombi (3) in the Dongon Hills neighbourhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times
  • 16:13
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney loads relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy into a truck at a storm relief campaign event in Kettering, Ohio. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney loads relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy into a truck at a storm relief campaign event in Kettering, Ohio. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
  • 16:17
    New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie has praised President Obama's response to the Atlantic superstorm: "I have to give the president great credit," Christie, who delivered the keynote address at Romney's nominating convention, said on the Fox News Channel. "He's done, as far as I'm concerned, a great job for New Jersey."
  • 16:20
    Workers clean up leaves outside the Con Edison Power Plant which was severely damaged in last night’s storms. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
    Workers clean up leaves outside the Con Edison Power Plant which was severely damaged in last night’s storms. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
  • 16:22
    Mayor Bloomberg says New York City’s 76 shelters will remain open until those who have been displaced can return to their homes.
  • 16:25
    There have been no reports of storm-related fatalities at any NYC hospitals, despite loss of power at several, according to the mayor’s office.
  • 16:28
    Canada has also been affected by the storm. One person has died and more than 100,000 Canadians are still without power after trees and power lines were toppled by strong winds.
  • 16:29
    'This Boat Doesn't Belong Here'
    "This Boat Doesn't Belong Here"
  • 16:30
    Local Reporter for NY1 Leisha Majtan documents the aftermath in Queens' Broad Channel neighborhood.
  • 16:31
    New York University Hospital's board of directors knew that generators at NYU Langone Medical Center were outdated and at risk before their failure during the storm forced patients to evacuate, said Gary Cohn, a trustee and president of New York-based Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The facility's backup generators "are not state-of-the-art and not in the most state-of-the-art location," he said.
  • 16:35
    The storm, though much weaker than it was when it made landfall in New Jersey last night, is moving west through southern Pennsylvania, bringing rain and high winds all the way to the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service is reporting. The system continues to pack winds of 65 mph.
  • 16:42
    Michael Mimmo kayaks through floodwaters in Bayville, New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/The New York Times
    Michael Mimmo kayaks through floodwaters in Bayville, New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/The New York Times
  • 16:45
    @megetz lives on 14th Street and has been Tweeting pictures of what Manhattan's East Side looks like since last night - check it out https://twitter.com/megetz
  • 16:46
    14th Street Last Night - From @Megetz
    14th Street Last Night - From @Megetz
  • 16:47
    Mayor Bloomberg is reminding New Yorkers not to call 911 unless “in cases of life or death emergency”. People should dial 311 to report downed trees or power lines.
  • 16:47
    FDR This Morning - From @Megetz
    FDR This Morning - From @Megetz
  • 16:50
    WATCH: NYC CG artist Ajit Menon's amazing timelapse video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmDOFmJGIEs&feature=youtu.be
  • 16:52
    New Yorkers who want to volunteer in the aftermath of the storm can check out https://www.facebook.com/nycservice or email their details to nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov
  • 16:52
    Around 11pm last night, dozens of houses in Queens were affected by a large fire that broke out in the Breezy Point neighborhood. Police say it was most likely a transformer explosion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GEfc4ea7Jw
  • 16:55
    Flood warnings just expired in Atlantic City, N.J., whose residents awoke Tuesday to scenes of destruction. Pieces of the city’s famed boardwalk were strewn around city streets still covered by floodwaters.
    “The city is under siege,” said Thomas Foley, the city’s chief of emergency management was quoted as saying in the New York Times.
  • 16:55
    Check out our updated story on Hurricane Sandy with a summary of today’s main events: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1030/breaking5.html
  • 16:55
    Atlantic City Devastated
    Atlantic City Devastated
  • 17:00
  • 17:00
    Some defying the storm by riding carefree on Sandy's waves
  • 17:03
    Mayor Bloomberg warned people to stay off NYC streets Tuesday to allow emergency response vehicles access. As for tomorrow, his office just Tweeted what most New Yorkers will take as very good news @MayorsOfficeNYC: Alternate side parking and meter regulations are suspended citywide tomorrow #sandy
  • 17:05
    Some Brooklyn residents mixing #Sandy with fun
    Some Brooklyn residents mixing #Sandy with fun
  • 17:21
    Almost 7,500 members of the National Guard have been providing assistance to local first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including support at evacuation shelters, route clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies. http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=118381
    Here's their video of a post-Sandy NJ coastline https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sRAdgh9VH0o
  • 17:24
    According to @nycarecs, Chief of Department of the NYPD is now at Coney Island with "the boys in blue" from several precincts, trying to stop the looting crowds.
  • 17:27
    A T-Mobile store has been smashed in Manhattan's Financial District, onlookers say it's 'most likely looting.'
    A T-Mobile store has been smashed in Manhattan's Financial District, onlookers say it's "most likely looting."
  • 17:30
    Michael Devulpillieres from the Red Cross told the Irish Times he wanted to "underline the huge scope of this diaster. The Red Cros is part of a large scale response, and we're working with over 11,000 people in 16 States and 250 shelters."

    New York Daily News reporting that President Obama is making an unscheduled visit to the Red Cross: "His motorcade arrived at 2:14p.m. More to come".
  • 17:30
    BREAKING: AP reporting that at least 38 people have died across the US.
  • 17:35
    @FEMA: President Obama has authorized federal assistance to N.Y. and N.J.
    https://twitter.com/fema
  • 17:40
  • 17:41
    South Street Seaport Snapshot - RIP Beer Cart
    South Street Seaport Snapshot - RIP Beer Cart
  • 17:42
    After #Sandy, "We Are OK" Is Top Facebook Status http://mashable.com/2012/10/30/facebook-sandy-status-ok/
  • 17:48
    Subway damage and flooding symptomatic across the city
    Subway damage and flooding symptomatic across the city
  • 17:48
    In a statement, MTA Chairman Joseph Llhota called Hurricane Sandy the most “devastating” disaster in the subway’s 108-year history, with seven tunnels
    under the East River flooded and every borough and every county affected in some way.
  • 17:49
    And, of course, money matters: Sandy may have caused $20 billion in damages and around $10 to $30 billion in lost business - AP
  • 17:51
  • 17:54
    More than 16,000 flights have been cancelled due to Sandy, according to FlightStats.com.
  • 17:54
    LaGuardia Floods
    LaGuardia Floods
  • 17:59
    Campaign Trail: politics takes a back seat today. Mitt Romney held a "storm relief event" in Kettering, Ohio, at the same arena as his previously scheduled political rally and with the same celebrity line-up. Meanwhile, President Obama visited the Red Cross HQs to update the nation on Sandy.
  • 17:59
    The President at Red Cross HQ
    The President at Red Cross HQ
  • 18:15
    The President will also travel to New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage from Sandy.
  • 18:16
    @NYCMayorsOffice Tweeting President's comments on Sandy aftermath: "during the darkness of the storm, we also saw what is brightest about America." https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice
  • 18:19
    Space Shuttle Enterprise also suffered the wrath of Sandy
    Space Shuttle Enterprise also suffered the wrath of Sandy
  • 18:24
    VIDEO: a NYC neighborhood destroyed by Sandy http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=BBBPtn8_-9c#!
  • 18:24
    This is what happened to Atlantic City's historic boardwalk... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=ZjjzJbuk8Ko
  • 18:26
     New Yorkers with wifi withdrawal symptoms
    New Yorkers with wifi withdrawal symptoms
  • 18:31
    Uprooted: a snapshot of what Howard Beach, a badly affected neighborhood, looks like now.
  • 18:31
  • 18:57
    ...And it looks like we were right about Financial District looting - reports coming in about stores like T-Mobile smashed into in South Street Seaport.
  • 18:57
    Broken Into: South Street Seaport Bookstore (Gothamist)
    Broken Into: South Street Seaport Bookstore (Gothamist)
  • 19:00
    Meanwhile, things are getting ugly in Coney Island. @nycacres reporting that fights are now taking place there, with police "taking rocks & bottles from the roofs calling for backup."
  • 19:02
    Drowned power lines caused explosion in New Jersey - anyone walking around Sandy-affected areas, be careful with wires on the ground! http://edition.cnn.com/video/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=cnni#/video/us/2012/10/30/sandy-raw-power-lines-spark-car.news-12-new-jersey?eref=edition
  • 19:32
  • 19:35
    Mayor Bloomberg to give second Sandy update today at 5.45pm EST (T-minus one hour and 10 minutes) - watch live on nyc.gov
  • 19:38
    @NYGovCuomo now at World Trace Center speaking to reporters after touring the site to assess Sandy damage - Gov. includes plenty of Instagram images http://instagram.com/p/Ra4lAopHe7/
  • 19:41
    Here's one of Gov. Cuomo at WTC speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer
    Here's one of Gov. Cuomo at WTC speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer
  • 19:42
  • 19:45
    Hopefully power will be back up for many of those south of Manhattan's 39th Street -unlike last night http://instagram.com/p/RYue5_koDz/
    Although, during hid midday press conference, Mayor Bloomberg warned that power outages could persist for 3,4 days.
  • 19:46
    Sandy arrives in Maryland
    Sandy arrives in Maryland
  • 19:48
    List of Maryland hurricane shelters, as Tweeted by the state's Governor Martin O'Malley http://news.maryland.gov/mema/2012/10/28/local-shelter-information/
  • 19:50
  • 19:50
    Gotta love Buzzfeed: Pets Who Got Some Help And Made It Through The Storm
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/pets-who-got-some-help-and-made-it-through-the-sto
  • 19:54
    VIDEO: Staten Island tanker washed ashore by Sandy. Staten Island is one of the worst-affected ares, with mass flooding and damage to people's homes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwB6A2J-HyA
  • 20:03
    And now the "biggest eejits":

    One Brooklyn man who decided to fly a kite during the storm last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LxPXu7bl8NA

    A man who decided to surf Sandy's waves:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0zGOTDmg9gg

    Some guys who decided to film their music video outside today:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ejz_m7gOYXA

    An Edgewater lady resident who decided to show off her cleavage on the balcony:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g_iYTwPdkeY

    ...And test-driving your motorbike during the storm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sZ4oMTpr_3g
  • 20:07
    Some neighborhoods fared better than others. For example, a stone's throw across the East River, opposite Manhattan's Lower East Side, Greenpoint in Brooklyn is doing just fine. In fact, one family-owned deli decided Sandy wasn't dangerous enough to backtrack on their "Open 24 hours every day" motto. No joke, they stayed open all night last night. And people consistently came in.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lNe0zXybsE&feature=youtu.be
  • 20:12
    @NYGovCuomo Tweeted about #NYOUTAGES - Central Hudson 57,700; ConEd 792,956; LIPA 949,544; Nat. Grid 16,275; NYSEG 113,234; Orange and Rockland 143,302; RG&E 18,556
  • 20:13
    A view of the East River
    A view of the East River
  • 20:16
  • 20:18
    A view from a Brooklyn window Tuesday night
    A view from a Brooklyn window Tuesday night
  • 20:25
  • 20:27
    Sandy left New York City Tuesday morning but a trail of destruction lingers. Facades have fallen, hospital generators failed, hundreds of people are still without power, and subways could be down for days to come. Frankenstorm will (thankfully) weaken as it continues up through Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Canada. You can track the storm's progression on Weather Underground's map.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/where-sandy-headed-now/58497/

    Thank you for following our Sandy live blog on the storm, this brings our coverage to a close. Stay safe everyone still in Sandy's way, and our thoughts are with those who have felt the wrath of the storm.