Note: I’m not sure if power and Web access will continue to last here in upper Manhattan, but I’ll keep posting and Tweeting (@newley) as long as I can.
I can hear strong winds outside my building and the lights have been flickering.
Here’s the latest as of about 8:30 p.m. tonight (Monday):
Hurricane Sandy is battering NYC.
The NYT says:
Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities along the way, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 100,000 people in the rain-soaked dark.
With one mighty gust of wind, the storm on Monday announced itself at 2:30 p.m. at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious addresses.
A crane at 157 West 57th Street swayed up and up and then snapped, leaving tons of metal dangling precariously over 1,000 feet above the ground, with no evident way to secure it with the storm bearing down.
Above is a pic, via the NYT, of the crane.
Via @kristengwynne: “FDR at Houston st right now.”
Via @doorsixteen: “7PM. Plymouth St & lower park areas flooded, water now breaching carousel. #dumbo #brooklyn #sandy.”
Again, I’m maintaining a Hurricane Sandy NYC Twitter list. It has 20 members, and I’ll be updating it in the days ahead.