In Sandy’s Wake

Oct 30 2012 @ 2:19pm

From a summary of the latest press conference from Mayor Bloomberg:

10 people dead in the city. 80 houses lost in Breezy Point. 750,000 people without power. Public transportation remains closed until further notice. No timeline on return of bus service and subway. Limited bus service may be available later today. 911 services still working, but needs to be reserved for life-threatening emergencies only. Schools will be closed on Wednesday. Stay away from parks, beaches, damaged trees, and downed power lines. He guess it will take 3-4 days to restore power to all customers, and longer to restore full subways service. Drinking water is safe.

The MTA has since announced limited but free bus service back up this evening. JFK will reopen tomorrow but not La Guardia. For all of New York, Long Island might have gotten the worst of the storm. And then there’s New Jersey:

[Governor Chris Christie] called the level of devastation “unthinkable”. “This is beyond anything I ever thought I would see,” he said. He gave a stark description of the problems facing the state. Some 2.4m people are out of power, mass transit is at a standstill, roads and bridges closed amid severe damage, 29 hospitals are running on generators or experiencing power issues. Some 5,500 people are in shelters and the weather is still so bad that it is difficult to assess the full extent of the damage.

All power is out in Newark and Jersey City, and much of the state won’t have electricity for a while. The PATH train will also be down for at least a week. The coast was brutalized:

Search and rescue crews are combing the Jersey Shore looking for survivors. … Lavallette, Ortley Beach and Seaside Park were largely leveled by the storm surge. … Coastal flood levels were staggering during Hurricane Sandy, according to the National Weather Service. Records were shattered up and down the New Jersey coast. In Sandy Hook, water levels had broken the previous record by more than 3 feet before the tidal station was knocked out by the storm. At the time, the water was still rising. “Usually when you set a tidal record, you’re setting it by fractions of a foot,” said Dean Iovino, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office. “To have a tidal record shattered like that is just, wow.”


And Atlantic City:

Even as the first samplings of the storm’s ravages descended on the New Jersey coastline, Atlantic City was already in big trouble. At high tide around 8 a.m., officials said 70 to 80 percent of the city was underwater. Water as much as eight feet deep coursed through some streets, leaving them impassable. Heavy rains and sustained winds of more than 40 miles an hour, with gusts of more than 60 miles an hour, battered the city.

The WSJ notes that Sandy was hitting a city that was already down:

Atlantic City still relies heavily on tourism. A Rutgers University study from May 2010 found the seaside destination drew 34.4 million visitors who spent an estimated $7.5 billion in 2008. Casino resorts were a major draw, with 80% of visitors reporting that gambling was the primary purpose of their trip. But in recent years, the industry has struggled as it has lost ground to a host of regional competitors. By the morning, water had risen in the streets surrounding the new $2.4-billion Revel Casino, which opened this spring amid hopes that it could reignite the industry. But revenues continue to decline overall most months since it opened. In the second quarter nine of the city’s 12 casinos reported losses. Gambling revenue across the city is down 4.8% for the year. On Monday, many of the casinos were boarded up, empty save for a few security personnel and top executives.

In Hoboken:


Alan Taylor is up with a gallery of the devastation. New Jersey live-blog here. Long Island live-blog here. Connecticut live-blog here. Summary information on other states here. For all of the Dish’s hurricane coverage in one place, go here.