Hurricane Sandy has now graduated to Superstorm Sandy! Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey Monday night around 8 p.m. harnessing 90 mph winds and water walls as high as 13 feet in New York City.
At least 23 states are direct targets because of Sandy and Detroiters are feeling the results of the storm which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue wind advisories for much of Michigan. The advisory is likely to stay in place through Tuesday. Wicked winds gusting more the 30 mph with freezing rain whipped through the Motor City knocking out power to thousands and closing schools all around the metro area.
DTE plans to send about 100 contract linemen to the east coast to help with power problems in that region but not before making sure Detroiters will not suffer any discomfort with temps dropping in the 30’s for the overnights.
“We have all of our crews on standby, we are ready to respond to problems as they occur”, admitted Len Singer to WWJ Newsradio 950.
At times during the evening many braced as the powerful winds surged through neighborhoods while many families were just sitting down for dinner.
Kay Jones of Detroit said, “This is crazy! I was about to feed the kids and the wind came through and ripped the front door off, I was like did someone take it off?”
“The wind was really bad, I should have brought in my yard furniture because I hope my neighbor isn’t mad because it’s on her back porch now”, Dawn of Detroit said.
Reports of toppled trees and property damage have been witnessed in Detroit with scattered power outages that have shut down schools and bus services from Oakland, Wayne, Sanilac, St. Clair Washtenaw, Macomb, Monroe and other surrounding counties.
Downed wires are sparking fear for residents on Detroit’s eastside and DTE crews are urging everyone to steer clear of downed wires and stay indoors if wires are on the ground in the neighborhood.
Forecasters say winds could reach 50 miles an hour in the Metro area because of Superstorm Sandy. Experts are expecting winds to increase as Sandy continues. Flights leaving out of Detroit Metro Airport to the northeast were canceled because of Sandy. Sandy has become a storm phenomenon because of the bizarre mix of two other storms in one, and its ability to smack into a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
More than 2.4 million people are without power in New Jersey. At least 10 to 20 billion dollars in damages could be estimated. Thousands in Lower Manhattan are without power after reports of thunderous transformer explosions. Water levels are high and massive flooding is reported in much of New Jersey.
There are reports that the 108 year old New York subway system has been transformed into an underwater world of its own. The full extent of the damage won’t be fully estimated until days to come.
People in at least 23 states could still be targets in Sandy’s pathway along the North East coast which could be a threat to at least 6 Million who are without power from Virginia to Maine and all points in between.
At least 16 deaths are being reported in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Some of the victims were killed by falling trees. At least one death was blamed on Sandy in Canada and about 69 deaths have been reported in the Caribbean. Right now Superstorm Sandy is about 90 miles west of Philadelphia. For help contact the American Red Cross.