Update: Superstorm Sandy Damage Reports Continue in New York Area

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Damage reports continue as the storm rolls through the New York area.

Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street.

POWER RESTORATION COULD TAKE A WEEK
New York City's utility company says it could be anywhere from several days to a week before residents who lost power during the superstorm get their lights back.

Consolidated Edison says it's dealing with several different issues -- downed overhead lines, a planned shutdown of underground networks and an unexpected explosion at a substation that darkened a large part of lower Manhattan.

Senior Vice President John Miksad says the planned outage should take three to four days to restore, while the explosion and the downed lines could take up to a week.

The company said 670,000 customers are without power in New York City and Westchester. A customer is an individual meter, so the number of actual people affected is likely higher.

BLOOMBERG ASKS PEOPLE TO STAY OFF N.Y. STREETS
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University hospital and the city is working to move people out.

The mayor delivered a news conference Monday night and said rain was tapering off in the city and the storm surge was expected to recede by midnight.

He urged residents not to call 911 unless it was an emergency and implored them to stay off the roads so emergency vehicles could get around.

He says a few parts of lower Manhattan still have power. He said there have been a large number of fires reported from downed power lines.

USA TODAY LOSES "A"
Superstorm Sandy has knocked off the capital `A' from the USA Today newspaper sign at its headquarters.

The letter came down Monday afternoon when heavy winds from former Hurricane Sandy were blowing ashore.

A newspaper spokeswoman says the letter fell on the headquarters' lawn and has been recovered. No one was injured.

MANHATTAN POWER OUTAGES
A superstorm that sent water rushing onto city streets has left a large swath of the lower part of Manhattan without power.

CRANE COLLAPSED ON HIGHRISE
Nine-hundred guests at a nearby hotel are among those who have been evacuated as a construction crane dangles from a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan.

Meteorologists say winds atop the 74-story building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.

There are no reports of injuries. City officials don't have a number on how many people have been told to leave.

The nearly-completed high-rise is known as 0ne57 and is in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, near Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Central Park.

24 FLOODED HOUSES DESTROYED BY FIRE IN NEW YOUR CITY
A fire has destroyed at least two dozen homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

A fire department spokesman says more than 190 firefighters are at the blaze in the Breezy Point section. He says two people have suffered minor injuries.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier.

The neighborhood sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

DEATHS REPORTED
At least 13 U.S. deaths are being blamed on Superstorm Sandy, which has knocked out power to an estimated 5.2 million people across the East.

COASTAL AREAS BEAR BRUNT OF SANDY'S WRATH
A string of New Jersey's barrier islands were cut off from the mainland by storm surges. Crashing waves shattered part of a landmark fishing pier in Maryland. And dangerous winds forced the port in Portland, Maine, to close.

The danger is far from over. After merging with a cold-weather system just before making landfall near Atlantic City, the combined superstorm could still cause inland flooding and more widespread power outages as it spins along a path expected to take it over Pennsylvania before turning toward New England.

RESCUED CREW MEMBER HAS DIED
The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain.


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