Sandy Wreaks Havoc All Along Coast

Cars underwater in Atlantic City

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2012 11:17 AM CDT | Updated Oct 29, 2012 6:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Superstorm Sandy is battering coastal communities tonight with storm surges, downpours, and high winds, causing power outages and evacuation orders from Vermont to Virginia. No longer officially a hurricane, Sandy is starting to merge with two cold fronts, becoming bigger and messier but slightly weaker, sustaining winds of 85mph, according to CNN. As of this evening, about 2 million were without power along the eastern seaboard, according to the AP and other sources. Some specifics:

  • Facing a direct hit, New Jersey is suffering flooding, high winds, and 434,000 power outages. Part of the Garden State Highway has been closed due to rising waters, and Atlantic City is so flooded that cars are underwater, CNN reports. Part of the city's famed boardwalk has been washed away. Hoboken, meanwhile, is banning all driving after 4pm.
  • New York City is expecting storm surges as high as 11 feet. Thousands of flights have been canceled, and the subway has been shut down. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested 1,000 National Guard troops be deployed. About 452,000 are without power, and emergency crews have responded to a construction crane hanging dangerously from a luxury high-rise.

  • The story is similar in Pennsylvania, specifically Philadelphia, which has also shut down its mass transit system, and seen hundreds of flights canceled. Officials say wind could reach 75mph and rainfall 10 inches. National Guardsmen have been told to be ready for deployment. Power outages: 74,000.
  • Flooding is expected to knock out power stations in Connecticut, killing power for 117,400.
  • Several coastal communities in Massachusetts are being urged to voluntarily evacuate, the Boston Globe reports, and in Boston all subway and bus service was shut down at 2pm. Nearly 1,000 crews are out helping more than 300,000 who have lost power. Flooding is expected along the coast with this evening's high tide.
  • Washington, DC closed its rail service for the first time since 2003, and the federal government has closed up shop save for emergency employees, the Washington Post reports. Nearly 5,500 are without power.
  • In Virginia about 9,500 people are without power, and the same could happen to about 1 million more. Chincoteague Island is entirely underwater with 3,500 residents who decided to tough it out.
  • Maryland has seen damage to an iconic ocean pier in Ocean City, and a blizzard warning has been issued for the mountainous western part of the state. About 145,000 are without power, the Baltimore Sun reports.
  • West Virginia has blizzard fears as well, with as many as 14 counties told to prepare for high winds, heavy snows, and flooded towns.
  • Vermont has declared a state of emergency to give it access to National Guard troops. According to the AP, the state still hasn't fully recovered from the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene. About 14,470 have lost power.
  • Rhode Island officials say wind could drive water up Narragansett Bay and flood low-lying areas. About 110,000 are without power.
Keep checking back for more.

Flooding and high winds arrive along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ, Monday Oct. 29, 2012.
Flooding and high winds arrive along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ, Monday Oct. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein)
Richard Thomas walks through the flood waters in front of his home after assisting neighbors as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Oct. 29, 2012, in Fenwick Island, Del.
Richard Thomas walks through the flood waters in front of his home after assisting neighbors as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Oct. 29, 2012, in Fenwick Island, Del.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, points to the satellite image of hurricane Sandy at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, points to the satellite image of hurricane Sandy at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Waves crash over the bow of a tug boat as it passes near the Statue of Liberty in New York, Oct. 29, 2012 as rough water as the result of Hurricane Sandy churned the waters of New York Harbor.
Waves crash over the bow of a tug boat as it passes near the Statue of Liberty in New York, Oct. 29, 2012 as rough water as the result of Hurricane Sandy churned the waters of New York Harbor.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A truck backs up hastily, as rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Avenue, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, NJ.
A truck backs up hastily, as rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Avenue, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Rain and wind pass over the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline as Hurricane Sandy advances on the city, Oct. 29, 2012.
Rain and wind pass over the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline as Hurricane Sandy advances on the city, Oct. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Ave., Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, NJ, as high tide and Hurricane Sandy begin to arrive.
Rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Ave., Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, NJ, as high tide and Hurricane Sandy begin to arrive.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Atlantic City residents board buses to be evacuated from the city at the Atlantic City Convention Center, in Atlantic City, NJ, Oct., 28, 2012.
Atlantic City residents board buses to be evacuated from the city at the Atlantic City Convention Center, in Atlantic City, NJ, Oct., 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Danny Drake)
Sandbags line the entrance of a building as people walk by near the Hudson River water front, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Hoboken, NJ.
Sandbags line the entrance of a building as people walk by near the Hudson River water front, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Hoboken, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Graphic shows the population density of areas projected to get more than two inches of rain from the superstorm, as of 4pm yesterday.
Graphic shows the population density of areas projected to get more than two inches of rain from the superstorm, as of 4pm yesterday.   (Associated Press)
A downed limb lies in a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Center Moriches, NY.
A downed limb lies in a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Center Moriches, NY.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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