Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 5:29 PM GMT on October 29, 2012
A statement from MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota regarding the flooding in the New York City Subway System:
The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots.
As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water.
We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery.
Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.
We have broken down the latest news state by state so you can easily follow what is happening as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.
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All times are eastern.
2:36 AM: One look at the WU severe map will tell you that #Sandy is far from done. Wind Advisories through the East. http://wxug.us/tnv1
4:48 PM: Almost 1 million people without power from NC thru NH.
3:59 PM: 470,000 without power in 13 states and DC
2:10 PM: NWS: NHC is expecting this system to reach the coast 6 pm to 8 pm. ET
2:03 PM: With #Sandy increasing her speed to 24 mph, landfall is close to 4 hours away.
1:32 PM: Heavy rain from #Sandy now spreading throughout Mid-Atlantic. http://wxug.us/tl8q
11:13 AM: Dr. Masters says, "Superstorm #Sandy intensifying, bringing record storm surges" http://wxug.us/tkfl
5:48 AM: Hurricane Sandy from GOES-East satellite http://twitpic.com/b8h653
6:51 AM: Satellite loop shows clearly that #Sandy is moving toward the coast. http://wxug.us/tjkg
1:50 PM: Coastal areas of RI are showing a storm surge of 3 feet right now. These areas are in low tide. High tide part of the cycle upcoming.
1:02 PM: Another coastal flooding WunderPhoto. This one out of RI. http://bit.ly/RitHFC
12:52 PM: WunderPhotos are documenting coastal flooding already underway. http://bit.ly/RitySv
2:41 AM: Devastating slideshow RT @NBCNewYork: PHOTOS: Flooded streets, cars under water, streets in darkness #Sandy http://bit.ly/Tiz6MK
2:04 AM: Nassau County Department of Health: Do Not Consume Water Order for the water districts of Long Beach and Mill Neck Estates.
1:39 AM: FDNY fire in Breezy Point NYC whole block but no water in the hydrants, will have to attempt to draft from ocean
12:07 AM: Storm tide at Battery Park, NY decreasing rapidly moving toward low tide and is now at 8.62 feet.
6:58 PM: Kings Point storm surge at 12.3 feet.
6:57 PM: Battery storm tide (surge+tide) now at 10.69 feet, breaking the old record of 10.5 feet.
6:53 PM: Storm tide (storm+tide) at Battery, NY is at 10.39 feet and rising. The record is 10.5 feet.
5:47 PM: 9.1 foot storm surge at Kings Point, NY, approaching low tide.
5:43 PM: Wind at wx station south of Long Island sustained at 54 mph, gusting to 69 mph. bit.ly/XNY9Nw
5:36 PM: Battery storm surge, at 6.7 feet. Rate of increase is slowing.
4:49 PM: Battery storm surge up to 6.6 feet, Sandy Hook, NJ surge at 7.4 feet.
4:26 PM: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to close New York City bridges at 7:00 PM today.
4:03 PM: Battery storm surge up to 6.3 feet.
3:33 PM: Storm surge at Battery, NY up to 5.7 feet.
2:58 PM: Partial crane collapse in New York City. Watch live. nbcnews.to/WVR4M5
2:25 PM: WX station south of Long Island reporting sustained winds of 56 mph, gusting to 69 mph. http://bit.ly/TQevjl #Sandy
2:16 PM: Diff btw normal high tide and low tide at Battery is ~5 feet. The surge right now is making the water level equivalent to high tide.
2:12 PM: Battery, NY storm surge at 4.9 feet. This is higher than Irene, but keep in mind it is currently occurring at near low tide.
12:30 PM: The Battery, NY storm surge currently at 3.3 feet, but low tide is approaching.
11:14 AM: Gov Cuomo: Holland tunnel and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closing at 2pm today
11:14 AM: Receiving reports of significant surge flooding in Bayville, NY and Edgewater in the Bronx.
9:12 AM: Waves have increased to 23 feet at buoy south of Islip, NY
6:05 AM: 41 mph sustained wind speed at Robins Reef buoy south of NYC. http://bit.ly/S88Shd
8:18 AM: High tide approaching at The Battery, NY with a storm surge of slightly over 3 feet.
8:04 AM: JFK Airport winds are up to 31 mph, gusting to 51 mph this past hour. http://bit.ly/Ss8wo4
7:37 AM: Storm Surge at The Battery, NY nearly at 3 feet at this hour.
7:13 AM: Buoy south of Islip, NY reporting ~19 foot waves. http://bit.ly/Tpctuk
7:01 AM: Sustained wind speed at buoy south of Islip, NY now up to 43 mph.
2:41 AM: NWS: Though short period of record, buoy at entrance of NY harbor recorded a record wave height of 32.5 ft (prev record 26 ft-Irene)
11:30 PM: The storm tide at Sandy Hook, NJ 13.3 feet earlier, which is 3.2 feet higher than previous record of 10.1 feet set during Donna (1960)
5:32 PM: NWS: Sandy Hook reached 10.11 on the gage and rising quickly, breaking old record set by Donna (1960) and the Nor'easter (1992)
4:49 PM: Battery storm surge up to 6.6 feet, Sandy Hook, NJ surge at 7.4 feet.
4:29 PM: PWS at Tuckerton Beach, NJ reporting sustained wind speed of 66 mph. http://bit.ly/Tkd5gr
4:05 PM: Atlantic City recorded a pressure of 959 mb at 4 pm, setting the city's record for lowest pressure on record. http://bit.ly/XNpi38
3:25 PM: Will be watching PWS along NJ coast over next few hours. Watch the pressure fall rapidly. Current pressure ~959 mb http://bit.ly/TkdMqa
2:23 PM: Sandy Hook, NJ storm surge is now up to 5.9 feet.
1:46 PM: Wx station at Robins Reef, NJ south of NYC reporting sustained winds 46 mph, gusting to 56 mph. http://bit.ly/Yf0LTT
1:35 PM: Webcam of heavy surf rolling in to Brigantine, NJ. http://bit.ly/YeYwA5
1:33 PM: Storm surge at Cape May, NJ now at almost 5 feet, going into low tide period.
11:12 AM: From AP: Willie Glass, public safety director for Atlantic City, says much of the city is under water.
8:36 AM: Nearly 4 foot storm surge currently at Sandy Hook, NJ.
7:48 AM: The sea is angry on a WU webcam in Ocean City, NJ. Take a look http://bit.ly/Ss6Fj1
7:41 AM: Atlantic City, NJ also experiencing a 3 foot storm surge at this hour.
7:15 AM: Pressure is falling on the NJ coast. PWS near Cape May is at 987 mb right now. http://bit.ly/QPDTHy
7:03 AM: 3.2 foot storm surge right now at Cape May, NJ
3:50 PM: Maryland has closed the main bridge across the Chesapeake Bay because of high winds from Hurricane Sandy.
2:32 PM: 8-12 inches of rain in Baltimore possible from Sandy.
11:15 AM: Valarie Weiler-Killinger posted on Facebook Wall - the Ocean City, MD pier destroyed: http://ow.ly/i/14ovt
7:32 AM: Storm total rainfall via radar shows 6-10 inches of rain over the Chesapeake Bay area.
7:19 AM: Cam at Fagers Island in OC video of water on bay & land. Gazebo half underwater. http://bit.ly/QPciX8
6:57 AM: Rain gauges in eastern MD are quickly filling up. Take a look. http://wxug.us/tjl0
6:55 AM: As #Sandy advances on the coast, heavy rain is spreading thru MD http://wxug.us/tjku
5:55 PM: Bridgeport, CT storm surge 8.35 feet at this time.
9:13 AM: Connecticut Light & Power is reporting 6,361 power outages. http://bit.ly/S888si
2:46 AM: Jefferson, NC wind gusts have been up to 61 mph over past few hours, with light snow. http://bit.ly/SbUAg9 #Sandy
3:44 PM: 4 to 8 inches of snow expected in western part of North Carolina.
9:07 AM: Replica of HMS Bounty stuck at sea as 17 people abandon ship off NC. Taking on water.
4:07 PM: 4.5 foot storm surge recorded as far north as Boston, MA
3:03 PM: 81 mph wind gusts recorded on Cuttyhunk Island in Massachusetts.
1:41 PM: WX station at Cuttyhunk, MA reporting sustained winds 62 mph, gusting to 71 mph. http://bit.ly/YeZPz3
8:39 AM: Storm surges for MA area are 2-2.5 feet. Some gauges are above flood stage, expect minor to moderate coastal flooding
8:09 AM: Sustained winds up to 48 mph at Brandywine Shoal Light in Delaware Bay. http://bit.ly/Ss8NHC
7:45 AM: Sustained wind at Brandywine Shoal Light in Delaware Bay up to 47 mph, gusting to 59 mph. http://bit.ly/QPDYv5
7:17 AM: Brandywine Shoal Light is reporting sustained wind 44 mph, gusting to 57 mph. http://bit.ly/QPDYv5
7:08 AM: Buoy in Delaware Bay at Ship John Shoal reporting sustained winds of 31 mph. http://bit.ly/QPD41m
7:32 AM: Sandy is huge. Storm Warnings on Lake Michigan warn of 20-25 foot waves on the lake. http://bit.ly/QPEtoL
6:21 PM: Meanwhile, WV looks like a Winter wonderland...bit.ly/UblpjJ
2:28 PM: Blizzard conditions too where Hurricane Sandy meets an upper-level system. Up to 2-3 feet possible! http://fb.me/1fCsNG955
7:21 AM: As heavy rain falls on the east coast, snow falls in WV. http://wxug.us/tjml Temps are in the 30s in the Appalachians.
7:12 AM: Light snow falling now in Beckley and Bluefield, WV and Marion, VA. Winter radar/alerts: http://wxch.nl/TPu1fw
12:04 AM: Moving to the west...wx station on Lake Michigan is reporting sustained wind speeds to 52 mph at this hour. http://bit.ly/RsVLIh
2:58 PM: NWS Detroit : Wave heights on Lake Huron could reach 38 feet.
2:18 AM: Many stream gages thru the Philly area at or near flood stage http://wxug.us/tnum
4:54 PM: Many rivers and streams around Philadelphia approaching flood stage. http://wxug.us/tm70
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