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October 30, 2012

New York Flooded and Plunged into Darkness after Sandy

Huge floods in the southern island of Manhattan in New York plunged into darkness after the passage of the "super-storm" Sandy. Sandy, become a hurricane "post-tropical", has hit hard the coast of the United States at 20 pm local time, Monday, Oct. 29.

Driven by a torrential downpour, the East River is out of bed, at 34th Street, in the early evening. The Hudson River has done the same, flooding lower Manhattan and most of the tunnels that connect the island to the mainland. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that 250,000 people were without power on the island. According to the producer of electricity in the city of New York, Con Edison, cuts could last until Tuesday morning. In total, more than 3 million people are without power across the Coten including over one million in the State of New York.

Mr Bloomberg hopes the water level, which was nearly 3 meters in the district of Battery, decreases in the night, which will "assist those who need it." According to a report prepared by the city, two people died in New York, one by a falling tree, the other by electrocution. Two other people were also killed by a falling tree in New Jersey. During his time in the Caribbean, Sandy had 67 fatalities

"Southern Manhattan is currently being covered by the sea water"

By late evening, the Manhattan was underwater and without electricity. The torch of the Statue of Liberty is also off. The majority of the tunnels leading to the island was flooded. In Wall Street, cars were washed away. In the Chelsea neighbourhood, a building facade collapsed, without causing casualties. Most subway lines were also flooded. Water is mounted to the TriBeCa neighbourhood of the East Village.

Michael Bloomberg has asked residents to stay home and not to call emergency numbers in case of necessity because the service was saturated. Very large floods have also been reported in Brooklyn, Coney Island and Staten Island.

The La Guardia Airport and JFK were also affected, according to the governor's Andrew Cuomo. Howard Glaser, one of his deputies, assured that "Manhattan is being covered by sea water I'm not exaggerating."

 

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