October 31, 2012

Sandy’s Devastation

The superstorm caused unprecedented damage on the East Coast.

Maggie: The cleanup in the northeast is going to take days, weeks, maybe even months. Sandy left behind destruction up and down the East Coast and has killed dozens.

The hurricane made a direct hit on Atlantic City, New Jersey, flooding roads and casinos and destroying property. The city’s famous boardwalk gone. Further north, beach towns made famous in TV’s the Jersey Shore were left covered in sand and debris.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: The level of devastation at the Jersey shore is unthinkable. The amusement pier at Seaside Park is essentially half washed out. The roller coaster or the log flume is now in the ocean.

Maggie: Hundreds of people needed rescuing yesterday in three towns west of New York City, flooded with five feet of water. In New York City, a nearly 14-foot record storm surge sent two rivers up over their banks into lower Manhattan, flooding tunnels and filling the subways. Transit officials say it is the worst disaster to ever hit the city’s subways and buses. More than a million commuters use the city’s transit system every day. That is more than Atlanta and San Francisco combined.

And finance is big business here in the Big Apple. Sandy halted trading on Wall Street for two days, but things are slowly starting to get back to normal at the stock exchanges. But normal is still a long way off for other storm-hit neighborhoods. Scott Evans has that part of the story.

Scott: While the problem in New York City was the rising East and Hudson rivers, in much of inland New Jersey, it was Sandy’s winds that did most of the damage – like here in North Bergen where a downed tree has actually taken with it power lines and two light poles – literally ripped them out of the ground and onto cars and even into homes.  And many of the homes that are without power are being told not expect it back on until the middle of next week.

Maggie: More than eight million people were left without power by Sandy. In many cases, electrical transformers could be seen exploding during the storm.

In one New York beach community, more than eighty homes were destroyed by flames whipped up by the hurricane’s powerful winds.

And on the western edge of this gigantic storm, heavy snow is now blanketing areas from western North Carolina to western New York.

Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.


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