Hurricane Sandy: East River Nearly At Capacity; Subway Corrosion a "Significant" Concern

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James King
That sign at the bottom of this image is usually completely visible. It's now completely underwater -- and Hurricane Sandy hasn't even made landfall.
We haven't even seen the worst of Hurricane Sandy, but this bitch apparently means business.

The East River is nearly at capacity, with another "surge" of water that could potentially raise the water level by another 11 feet by 9 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and other emergency management officials just held a press conference at the governor's New York City office, where they stressed that it's important for residents to not underestimate the storm. They also described concerns with the subway system.

"Salt water and our subway system don't mix," a subway official said this morning.

By noon, winds are expected to reach speeds of 40 to 50 mph, which isn't quite hurricane-strength. By 4 p.m., things are expected to get significantly worse as the storm makes landfall just south of New York City.

By 8 p.m., officials are predicting "tidal flooding," as the surge of water combines with high tides to raise river levels and potentially flood low-lying areas.

By 9 p.m., winds could potentially reach 100 mph.

The MTA has suspended all subway, bus, and rail services in anticipation of the storm, and Governor Cuomo announced this morning that the Holland and Battery tunnels will be closing at 2 p.m.

"People need to realize that this is the calm before the storm," Staten Island borough president James Molinaro said this morning.

Check back for updates.

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rhydell
rhydell

i guess he will give up gracy,or his giant home thes all lit up so the poor can be safe ...this mayer is a sad human...richard hydell and wrecked            please google me

 

rhydell
rhydell

please ....shout ir to the wet rooftops...this mad mayer was just on tv saying he is shutting off power to millions ..he gave some crazy excuse ..but power has always stayed on till it gos off ,would he shut off power to his own mother?Wow old ,sick poor who can not leave will now be in the dark ,because this little man is angry they did not do what he told them to do.God help these people . please voice news paper    shout out the grave crime to the people of newyork .richard hydell and wrecked

 

Gothic
Gothic

Maybe it will wash away the Wall Street corruption and inequality.

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