It’s like a ghost town in the northeast and for the millions of residents who woke up on Tuesday morning without electricity, the pot-hurricane clean-up efforts will prove to be difficult. In New York City, transportation by car, train and air is grounded indefinitely or until power is restored and the state is able to establish some form of normalcy.
Sandy one of the most devastating storms to hit the northeast pummeled through leaving 38 dead and rising water which could only come to be a deadly combination with the downed wires. Damage sustained in the New Jersey area has not been determined after the wayward storm forced itself into the state packing hurricane-force winds of 80 mph.
Maligned police and fire officials, left their flooded stations to rescue hundreds of stranded commuters, residents and patients from various hospitals. “We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen.
The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.” The blackout is affecting some 8.2 million people across the East and airlines have canceled more than 15,000 flights around the world, and it could be days before the mess is untangled and passengers can get where they’re going.
The storm also disrupted the presidential campaign with just a week to go before Election Day. President Barack Obama canceled a third straight day of campaigning, scratching events scheduled for Wednesday in swing state Ohio. Republican Mitt Romney resumed his campaign, but with plans to turn a political rally in Ohio into a “storm relief event.”
The hardest areas in New York City include the Lower Manhattan, which houses Wall Street, experience 14-foot surges, water cascaded into the gaping, unfinished construction pit at the World Trade Center, and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day, the first time that has happened because of weather since the Blizzard of 1888.
Three people were injured as a huge fire destroyed around 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens on Tuesday, putting firefighters in harm’s way. With water standing in two major commuter tunnels and seven subway tunnels under the East River, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was unclear when the nation’s largest transit system would be rolling again. It shut down Sunday night ahead of the storm.
Joseph Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the damage was the worst in the 108-year history of the New York subway. The saltwater surge inundated subway signals, switches and the electrified third rails, and covered tracks with sludge.
Workers began pumping the water out and will ultimately have to walk the hundreds of miles of track to inspect it. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida is tracking Sandy to be about 120 miles east of Pittsburgh, pushing westward with winds of 45 mph, and was expected to make a turn into New York State on Tuesday night. The system which is weakening as it goes, will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding.