Updated Tuesday October 30th 2012
Photos have begun pouring onto the web which tell the story of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath and destructive power. The jarring snapshot of New York City’s fleet of well known yellow cabs sitting in standing water up to their headlights was particularly striking.
More than 8.2 million people are without electricity on the upper east coast in New Jersey, Delaware, New York State and New England. Power may not be restored in many regions for more than a week. In Rhode Island entire beach houses were washed away and disappeared into piles of rubble during the storm. 43 feet of Rhode Island coastline vanished completely during the storm. It’s gone. 73% of Maryland residents are without electric power. 1.1 million are without power in Pennsylvania. In Appalachia severe snow storms have brought a blanket of white to mountain regions weeks ahead of when heavy snows would usually begin. More than 2 feet of snow has fallen in parts of West Virginia.
Rivers on the upper east coast are cresting at anywhere from 8 to 14 feet above flood stage. As I compile this post flood water and sand is still pouring into city blocks in Atlantic City which are well away from the oceanfront. Many buildings on the Atlantic City oceanfront boardwalk have been utterly destroyed. Others have huge holes blown through them where flood waters surged in when the Sandy made landfall. Fires from exploding electrical transformers broke out in many regions. 50 homes burned to ash in Queens NYC, an entire city block.
The storm’s effects are being felt all the way to Chicago as gale force winds and pummeling rain extend well into the upper Midwest. As far west as Indiana thousands are still without power. Hundreds of homes on the east coast have been literally swept off their foundations. All NYC airports are flooded out with extensive wind and water damage. Flood waters have poured into the NYC subway system. The damage is so extensive it’s difficult to grasp it fully right at this moment. I will let the photos tell the story. This page will be updated all week.
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