Sandy Hits New York, 5 Killed

Superstorm Sandy marched inland across the East Coast of the United States. The storm which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening killed at least 16 people, 5 in New York, 3 in New Jersey, 3 in Pennsylvania 2 in Connecticut and 1 each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy rush into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson’s (PATH) Hoboken, New Jersey station through an elevator shaft in this video frame grab from the NY/NJ Port Authority twitter feed October 29, 2012. REUTERS/NY/NJ Port Authority/Twitter (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

The storm also cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and caused scares at two nuclear power plants.

The massive storm reached into Midwest. Residents in Chicago were warned to stay away from Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet into Wednesday.

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

13-foot surge of seawater gushed into Gotham (3 feet higher than previous record).

Daniel Brown of warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that heavy rain and local flooding will continue.

Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow in West Virginia!

Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy break onto homes in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.

Even before Sandy reached Atlantic City, the superstorm it had already crushed an old, 50- foot piece, world-famous Broadwalk.

An historic ferry boat named the Binghamton is swamped by the waves of the Hudson River in Edgewater, N.J., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

After backup generator failed, New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators.

The Holland Tunnel which connects from New York to New Jersey, the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan were closed due to the storm. Also closed were The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans.

Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)