With a great speed, Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore, triggering floods, fires and heavy devastation in the US. Reportedly, more than 50 people are known to have died in the U.S. and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67. Millions are without electricity.
Floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. While the effects of the superstorm that flooded parts of the city are lingering into Tuesday and likely will for much longer, with a large swath of the city out of power, subway and vehicle tunnels flooded, and the financial district closed for a second day.
Sandy whipped torrents of water over the streets of Atlantic City, stretching for blocks inland and ripping up part of the vacation spot’s fabled boardwalk. Notably, the storm was once Hurricane Sandy but combined with two wintry systems to become a huge hybrid storm whose center smashed ashore late Monday in New Jersey.
New York City was perfectly positioned to absorb the worst of its storm surge – a record 13 feet. The rains and howling winds left a crane hanging off a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan, causing the evacuation of hundreds from a posh hotel and other buildings. Inspectors were climbing 74 flights of stairs to examine the crane hanging from the $1.5 billion building.
Sandy’s wrath also prompted the evacuation of about 200 patients at NYU Langone Medical Center. Even, the storm had killed three New York City residents by Monday night, a man who died when a tree fell on his home in Queens. On Long Island, falling trees also killed a 39-year-old man in Lloyd Harbor and an 84-year-old man in Roslyn as reports suggested.