Hurricane Sandy NYC Update (Monday late night, Oct. 29): Power Cuts in Manhattan, Flooding in Lower NYC

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Here’s the latest as of about 10:30 p.m. tonight (Monday):

Here in upper Manhattan near the Columbia University campus, we still have power, though the lights are flickering periodically. Many other parts of New York City, however, are in the dark.

The New York Times reports:

Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands of people — including a large swath of Manhattan — in the rain-soaked dark.

The AP says:

Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city’s historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people.

The city had shut its mass transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to leave home to get out of the way of the superstorm Sandy as it zeroed in on the nation’s largest city.

2012 10 29 nytimes sandy cam

Above is a recent still photo from the NYT‘s Hurricane Sandy Webcam, located at the Times‘s building in midtown. You can see a portion of the city has lost power.

2012 10 29 sandy nyt home page

And above is a screen grab of Times‘s home page a few minutes ago (to give you a sense of the events’ significance).

2012 10 29 sandy wtc site

Here’s an AP photo of Ground Zero (via BuzzfeedAndrew).

2012 10 29 sandy view from downtown

And here’s the view of midtown from downtown Manhattan (via @nicksummers on Instagram.)

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