This is a continuation of our live blog updates from Monday, October 29. For the most recent news on the storm, please click here.
12:23 a.m. The worst parts of the storm seem to be over in New York City. The latest report (11 p.m. EST) from the National Hurricane Center has has maximum sustained winds of 75 m.p.h. This is the latest GIF of the storm:
Mayor Bloomberg says the storm surge at the Battery has gone down considerably.
Storm surge peaked at 13.88 ft at the Battery. Now 9.81 ft & going down. Power outages and other serious issues remain #NYC#Sandy
The explosion occurred on Monday evening at a substation in the vicinity of 14th Street and the FDR Drive, Mr. Miksad said. The precise cause of the blast was unknown, but Mr. Miksad said flood waters or flying debris could have been involved. It knocked out power to about 250,000 people, he said.
The rest of the night is going to be about emergency responders being able to rescue people who are either trapped or were hurt in the storm. The best thing to do is stay inside, probably because it's after midnight and you should go to bed, but also to stay out of there way.
11:57 p.m. A lot of the patients from the evacuated hospitals are being transfered to the Mount Sinai Hospital right now. Reports from the site of NYU are saying the elevators aren't working and staff are carrying critical patients downstairs to the waiting fleet of ambulances:
The water level was more than six feet above normal. At seven feet, the plant would lose the ability to cool its spent fuel pool in the normal fashion, according to Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The plant would probably have to switch to using fire hoses to pump in extra water to make up for evaporation, Mr. Sheehan said, because it could no longer pull water out of Barnegat Bay and circulate it through a heat exchanger, to cool the water in the pool.
The plant was already shut down for maintenance already. There isn't too much to worry about here.
10:31 p.m. The NOAA charts show the surge in the Battery are starting to go down, finally. CNN's Ali Velshi reports the surge in Atlantic City is starting to go down too. We might be on the other side of this thing.
This video of the front of the building in Chelsea blowing off going viral right now, too:
Also, sorry if the time stamp at the top of the post has been weird. I'm blogging from a strange part of Canada, and it locked to my computer's time without me noticing.
10:21 p.m. Per Gov. Cuomo, there's more than a million people without power:
10:15 p.m. There are rumors going around that the floor of the NYSE is flooding, but multiple sources are saying that's false. Mayor Bloomberg just gave a short press conference urging everyone to stay off the roads, and offered this brief glimpse of hope:
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg: "By midnight tonight we expect the surge to recede."
Something something a Dark Knight reference. He also urged people to stay off the roads to let emergency workers access those in need. The NYU hospital's power went out and the backup generator didn't kick in fast enough and patients are being evacuated now.
The MTA's Twitter feed is becoming increasingly impatient with doom sayers. They're denying any reports speculating how long subways will be out. They would confirm that four feet of flooding was observed in lower Manhattan.
8:45 p.m. OK, so, programming update. Huge portions of NYC are either without power, without internet, under water, or a combination of all of the above. Comfortably Smug just tweeted this photo of Manhattan, where it seems all power has gone out. Only the Freedom Tower is still lit:
7:53 p.m. The situation is starting to look pretty dire for the New York City subway system. The water continues to rise quickly at the Battery and now sits at 12.54 feet, "a solid 2 feet beyond what could possibly flood the NYC subway," according to the Weather Underground. If the water rises past the breaking point, Columbia Professor Klaus Jacob predicts that the all of the East River tunnels would be underwater within 40 minutes and it could take at least 29 to get the trains up and running again.
Meanwhile, not to scare you or anything, but here's the latest National Weather Service bulletin: "...HISTORIC AND LIFE THREATENING COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING..." (emphasis theirs)
7:42 p.m. The Gowanus Canal has continued to rise and is now making its way up the neighboring city streets in between Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.
Image via @hunterw who says "the situation on the Carroll Gardens side of Gowanus is bad."
7:29 p.m. ConEdison started shutting off power to residents of Lower Manhattan in what The New York Times called an "unprecedented step." As water surged to record heights -- the water at the Battery had just hit 11.25 feet, beating the previous record of 11.2 feet -- the utility company decided to shut down the equipment to keep it from getting damaged. The first wave of outages happened at 6:42, affecting 2,500 customers, and another wave happened 20 minutes later, taking out power for 4,000 customers.
At around the same time, Gawker, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post went down. They each came back after about 15 minutes, and at least in Gawker's case, the outage was related to ConEd's cutting the power, since their servers were in the affected zone.
7:11 p.m. The National Hurricane Center has downgraded the storm from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone since "Sandy has continued to lose tropical characteristics." The National Weather Service calls it "Superstorm Sandy." Meanwhile, winds remain at 85 miles per hour, and landfall is expected around 8 p.m.
6:58 p.m. The entire facade of a tenement building on 8th Ave. between 14th St. and 15th St. collapsed, presumably due to high winds. Nobody was hurt, and nobody went missing. To the left is the residential building before the hurricane, and to the right is the building after the collapse:
5:55 p.m. Con-EdCEO Kevin Burke is addressing what all of New York City is concerned about: power outages. He says that Con-Ed will likely be shutting down two underground Manhattan networks: the Fulton network and the Bowling Green network which service the areas between Broadway, the East River and south of the Brooklyn Bridge. And he also says they may be shutting down power in the Brighton Beach area of New York City. He also states that if the flooding is terrible, they may be shutting steam service below 14th street.
5:48 p.m. Bloomberg has addressed the crane, and saying that the buildings in the vicinity of the crane have been evacuated. "We'd like to continue what we've experienced so far, and that's no fatalities whatsoever," says Bloomberg.
5:46 p.m. Mayor Bloomberg is speaking live now:
5:35 p.m. Chris Christie is speaking right now, and has stated that there are people stranded in Atlantic City. There's a bit of drama here as Chris Christie is calling out Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford for ignoring Christie's evacuation orders and telling residents that it would be okay to stay. Christie is telling those in Atlantic City (where Sandy is about to hit) and surrounding areas that he will not be sending first responders to the city until at least daylight tomorrow and that those people are now Langford's responsibility. He says that there around 348,000 without power in New Jersey at the moment.
we have announced road closures- when road says its closed that means its closed #DontBeStupid
5:31 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are expected to speak soon.
5:26 p.m. Sandy is almost here. At around 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center, in its latest update, said that Sandy was: "ABOUT 30 MI...45 KM ESE OF CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY" and "ABOUT 40 MI...65 KM S OF ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY." Earlier this afternoon, it was reported she was traveling at about 28 m.p.h., which, if you do the math, would mean Sandy is about one episode of Friends away from landfall.
4:28 p.m. The NOAA has issued its 4 p.m. update and says that it is expecting Sandy to make landfall at Cape May, New Jersey "early this evening." They add: "ON THIS TRACK...THE CENTER OF SANDY IS EXPECTED TO REACH THE COAST OF EXTREME SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY OR CENTRAL DELAWARE WITHIN THE NEXT 3 TO 5 HOURS.
4:23 p.m. We have some not-so-good for those of you in lower Manhattan and really like your electricity:
ConEd spokesman says most at-risk area of power down is south of Wall St. and east of Broadway.
4:13 p.m. Governor Cuomo in his press conference has announced that the they're expecting Sandy to make landfall between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and announced the closure of New York City's (George Washington, Verrazano, etc.) bridges at 7 p.m. and said that the Lincoln and Midtown tunnels along with the RFK Bridge, and Triborough Bridge will stay open but could be closed if conditions call for it.
4:10 p.m. Manhattan's Midtown crane is now being discussed as a 3-alarm emergency.
U/D Manhattan: *3 Alarm* Box 916 at 157 West 57 St 3 Alarm being transmitted for the Crane that is about the fall onto the street.
3:17 p.m. According to local reports from ABC and CBS, police are evacuating buildings around the dangling crane. The scary thing about that crane is that it's some 70-stories up in the air and that means that the wind speeds are much higher up there. For some perspective: "[T]ake the NYC estimate of 75-80 mph at 8pm. That would yield 95-100 mph winds at the 31st floor of a building, and 115-120 mph winds at the 61st floor of the same building." wrote meteorologist Rob White.
3:11 p.m. And NBC News has a live stream on that very terrifying dangling crane some 1,000+ feet in the air:
3:04 p.m. Here's more on that dangling crane near Columbus Circle. Apparently, police are taking precautions and are anticipating for the crane/making preparations in case the crane comes down:
U/D Manhattan: *2 Alarm* Box 916 at 157 West 57 St Crane is about the fall onto the street. twitpic.com/b8khed
2:47 p.m. Here's another frightening shot of that crane from Wald:
2:41 p.m. There's some scary news concerning the tallest (and one of the most expensive) residential building in Manhattan One57 on 57th street. Apparently, a crane at the site has buckled over in the heavy winds and is damaged and dangling. Here's the shot from Jonathan Wald, who runs the Piers Morgan show:
REPORTS FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 90 MPH...150 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SANDY IS EXPECTED TO TRANSITION INTO A FRONTAL OR WINTERTIME LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT. HOWEVER...THIS TRANSITION WILL NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY A WEAKENING OF THE SYSTEM
1:58 p.m. The BLS has announced that the much-anticipated October jobs report will not be delayed by the hurricane—as per the usual, they'll be here on Friday.
1:51 p.m. There are about 7,200 customers without power in Virginia right now, according to Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Dan Genest. That isn't good. "He said the outages were relatively limited so far as the storm was only beginning to increase in intensity but much worse was expected later Monday night," reports The Washington Post's Mark Berman. Genest had briefed reporters like Berman at 1:30.
1:32 p.m. The NOAA will be briefing us (and reporters) at 2 p.m. regarding Hurricane Sandy, and we'll keep you up to date on what they will be saying. Meanwhile, here's a helpful Google Crisis map showing Sandy's current path:
1:21 p.m. Checking in with Milford, Connecticut and it looks to be suffering the same kind of flooding that's hitting New Jersey. Here's a picture courtesy of Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski (and Reuters).
1:00 p.m.: Officials, including the president, anticipate that the storm will reach it's peak around 8 or 9 p.m. tonight. Not only will the heart of the storm begin to move on land at that point—most likely somewhere around Atlantic City—but that's also the time of high tide along much of the area between there and Long Island, New York.
12:53 p.m.: President Obama did not add much in the way of new information, but urged citizens to listen to instructions from local authorities and not put them at risk by taking unnecessary chances. He also that Americans will "pull together" and clean up after the disaster.
12:45 p.m: President Obama is speaking now. Watch below:
12:01 p.m.: Here's another incredible photo via Facebook. Hurricane or no hurricane, the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetary aren't going anywhere. Correction: the photo of guards in the pouring rain is from September. Here is, from their Facebook page, the guard on duty today as Sandy bears down.
11:20 a.m.: The first U.S. casualty of Hurricane Sandy may a Connecticut kayaker who went for a ride off Long Island Sunday. Two men in their twenties (who were not wearing life jackets) were thrown from their kayaks in rough waters. One man was rescued, but the search was called off for the other on Sunday afternoon to focus on preparations for the storm.
11:11 a.m.: Add Ocean City, New Jersey, to the list of communities devastated by flooding. And Sandy has not even arrived on shore yet.
10:33 a.m.: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced that the Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels (two major arteries out of New York City), will close at 2 p.m. The Bridges will close if winds reach 60 m.p.h., which they almost certainly will later this evening. Boston has also announced that their transit system will shut down at 2 p.m.
10:03 a.m.: Update on the HMS Bounty: 14 of the people who abandoned the ship have been rescued, but two others are still missing and maybe in the water. (The initial report of 17 people appears to be incorrect.) The 180-foot, three-mast sailing ship completely sank about 90-miles off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
9:50 a.m.: Two new images of piers taking a beating along the coast. The first is in Ocean City, Maryland. The second (via tattooed_prez on Instagram) is another buckled boardwalk in Atlantic City.
A jet skier takes advantage of building surf from approaching Hurricane Sandy at Coney Island beach in New York Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Areas along the Northeast Coast were seeing the effects of the hurricane and preparing for a possible flooding storm surge. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
7:05 a.m.: The Coast Guard has just launched a rescue operation off the coast of North Carolina, as 17 people have abandoned a tall-ship (which is a replica of the famous HMS Bounty) that lost power and was taking on water. The crew and passengers have entered lifeboats and the Coast Guard is figuring out how to get to them.
7:00 a.m.: Here are some updates on what's happening this morning.
The entire U.S. financial system is shut down today as all of lower Manhattan has been closed, leading major exchanges to shut both their physical and electronic trading systems. High tide in Manhattan will be around 9:30 a.m.
President Obama has canceled all campaign events and will stay in Washington to monitor the storm from the White House. Both campaigns will try to avoid email solicitations in states affected by the storm.