(Update, 9:16 PM: Our editor lost power and is out of contact with us, so we’ll just keep posting and let em deal with it in the morning)
Hey guys, guess what? There’s a ma’fuckin huuuuricane up in this bitch right now. Oh, you already knew that? Was it the broken glass or the garbage cans hurtling through the streets that tipped you off?
To make you feel better, he’s some footage of Sandy tearing through some bougie Jersey beach houses
So – real quick – last year’s Hurricane Irene was so hyped up we were all expecting some kind of apocalyptic catharsis that didn’t quite live up to all the media buzz. Our apartment at the time (a scrappy, poorly maintained little hallway we begrudgingly called home) had a leaky ceiling, but that happened every time it even drizzled, so to us, all hailing from cities that advertise weather as if we’d never witnessed a bad storm before, it was just another slew of embellished ‘hot air.’
DUMBO is partially submerged as of 8:29pm, ET.
Sandy touched down at Atlantic City, NJ on Monday at around 6:45pm.
Flash foward to Sandy, Monday 9pm:
We’re currently holed up in our new apartment that has already lost one window – knocked out of its frame and shattered against our archaic TV set around 2am this morning, before the storm even technically hit – drinkin’ our ample stash of reserve beers and using as much electricity as we can before the power goes out.
Con Ed has shut off power to parts of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for safety reasons, and as of 8 p.m. more than 93,000 homes were experiencing outages across the five boroughs, with 32,000 in Staten Island, 27,000 in Queens, 18,000 in Brooklyn, 10,000 in the Bronx and 6,000 in Manhattan.
10:40pm, the lights are flickering…right at the “Here’s Johnny!” part of The Shining, mind you.
11:05pm, still got power, talking about eating each other.
Some reckless reporters cut right down to size, yo
While we update this from the Bronx, it’s possible we’ll lose power too. As we move into the eye of the storm, remember your basic elementary school emergency drill training (stop, drop and roll, man), tape your windows up, and stay safe!
(Update: 12:05 PM: Here’s a preliminary survey of the damage, more to come.)
Part of a crane boom is seen hanging off a building under construction on West 57th Street. That’s LIMP
Lower Manhattan experienced the brunt of a record-breaking 13ft storm surge, flinging cars around and flooding all seven tunnels running under the East River. Joseph Lhota, the head of the MTA, said in a statement,
“Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. The New York subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night.
It could take several days to pump the subway system and inspect all the switches, which could be corroded by the flood’s saltwater. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed 2,000 National Guardsmen into the city and several more divisions of State Troopers. If you were planning on looting, it looks like you missed your chance.
Sandy truly has proven itself to be the most disastrous storm ever to hit New York City: Bloomberg reported this morning that at least 10 people died in NYC as a result.
This death count could very likely rise, but let’s look at the effects of Sandy’s wrath so far:
Total deaths: 94
In the U.S.: 26
– 15 in New York
– 2 in Maryland
– 2 in Connecticut
– 3 in New Jersey
– 2 in Pennsylvania
– 1 West Virginia
– 1 HMS Bounty replica deckhand who was found unresponsive and later declared dead at hospital
Outside the U.S.:
– 1 in Canada.
Earlier: 67 in the Caribbean, including 51 in Haiti.
The damage from this storm truly is catastrophic
Upturned cars in the Financial District.