Late Monday evening Hurricane Sandy hit the land hard and heavy causing millions to be without power on the east coast. The once well-lit big apple was in an almost total black out. Below are some updates starting at around 8 pm Monday night.
As of Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy Lost its status and is now considered an extra tropical cyclone. It has left more than 7.5 million people with out power.
It is expected to move into western new york on Tuesday night and move into Canada on Wednesday.
Oct 30, 7:15: The death toll in the United states has risen to 16. Before Sandy made its way to the US, 67 were killed in the Caribbean which including 51 in Haiti. The over all death toll is now at least 84.
Oct 30, 7:00: The Mayor of Philadelphia tells CNN that his city got through it and their emergency plans worked well.
Oct 30, 6:55 AM: Mayor Bloomberg office sends out a morning tweet, ” If you have water coming out of your faucet it is safe to drink.”
Oct 30, 6:45 AM: There is a leak at a water plant in Maryland causing roughly 3 million gallons of raw sewage to rush out every hour. This is caused by an over flow due to power loss.
Oct 30, 6:18 AM: Due to a levee breaking in New Jersey, the towns of Moonachie, Little Ferrie and Carlstadt have been flooded with 4-5 feet of water. It is said that upwards of 1,000 people are effected. Ralph Verdi, the chief of police in Little Ferrie told CNN that 4-6 feet of water in covering 75% of the town.
Oct 30, 5:00AM : Sandy is moving west across southern Pennsylvania. As of now, the post tropical cyclone is near Millersburg, PA moving at a top speed of 45.6 mph.
Oct 30, 5:00 AM: Fires have taken more than 50 homes in New york and there are more than 190 Fire fighters dispatched to try to get the fires under control. 2 people have been injured so far that we know of.
Oct 30, 2:30 AM: CNN updates that 6,535,896 people ar without power across 13 states and in Washington D.C.
Oct 29, 8:00-12:00 AM:
Con Ed cut off power in lower Manhattan and the area around Brooklyn Battery and some areas of Staten Island. The concerns being that once the water level got high enough it would begin seeping under the city where all the controls are and all the machines and steam engines are that run the power to the city. They were also concerned that is the salt water got down there it would corrode the machines so they turned it off before that intrusion began, The water levels have reached 11.25 feet. Video show parts of a Con Ed Power plant exploding, but deny any reports of anyone being trapped in the power plant.
A four-story building collapsed in Manhattan’s Chelsea area near 14th street.
According to the New York Times a man was killed in Queens when a tree fell on him.
Patients are being evacuated from New York University Hospital.
Governor Christie was livid after issuing an emergency evacuation in Atlantic City that was ignored by the mayor who said, “No, you don;t have to do that.” Now rescues crews are being sent in and are also in danger. Governor Christie is very angry.
Long Beach, Long Island: More than 100,000 people in Long Island have lost power and may not get it back for more than a week. Many using only battery-powered flashlights. Cell towers, land lines, and all communications are down now and anyone who stayed on the island now have no choice but to wait it out in their homes and hotels. One multilevel hotel has more than 6 feet of water and rising on the ground level. People are trapped on the higher levels.
Washington/Baltimore: Power outages affecting more than 400,000 and those numbers are still climbing.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory commission (NRC) issued an alert for the oyster creek nuclear power plant, in New Jersey at 8:45 p.m. because of high water level. The alert is the second lowest of the four NRC action levels.
Our Prayers are with all,
If you can’t find your local EM site, the following state offices along the east coast all had safety information about Hurricane Sandy as of Sunday 9am PDT 28-Oct-2012.
Delaware Emergency Management Agency
(302) 659-3362 or Tollfree 1-877-SAY-DEMA
Hurricane Sandy Hotline – (800) 464-4357
District of Columbia Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA)
Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
(860) 256-0800 or Tollfree 1-800-397-8876
Hurricane Sandy News & Information http://www.ct.gov/sandy
Maine Emergency Management Agency
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
(410) 517-3600 or Tollfree 1-877-MEMA-USA
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management
www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/ ReadyNH www.nh.gov/readynh/
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York City OEM http://www.nyc.gov/oem
North Carolina Emergency Management
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Vermont Emergency Management
Virginia Dept of Emergency Management
American Red Cross www.redcross.org