After Sandy, New York Assesses the Damage

The storm has passed, but some effects will linger for days or longer.

New Yorkers may be tough as anything, but Sandy proved a terrifying and deadly adversary.

The entire state—New York City, the Hudson Valley, upstate—felt the devastating effects of the super-storm.

New York City woke up to massive, historic flooding and a completely crippled subway system, the worse damage in the 108-year history of the mass transit network.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the radio Tuesday to say the worst of the storm might be over, but that New Yorkers may experience even more trying times as they begin to assess the damage.

"In some ways, the startling revelation is yet to come," he said.

The storm—an amalgam of several foul weather patterns—brought its worst rains and winds through the region between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.

The National Hurricane Center was no longer labeling Sandy a hurricane as of 7 p.m. Monday, as it teetered on the edge of the northeast coastline—but the squall still held amazing power.

Coastal and low-lying areas in Manhattan and other boroughs all experienced major flooding and the city's subway system remained closed as of noon Tuesday. The city's Metro Transit Authority has yet to issue a time table for restoration of service.

The 13-foot storm surge poured into ground zero and Wall Street, exceeding the previous record from Hurricane Donna of 10 feet in 1960.

The stock exchange was closed for a second day Tuesday, marking only the second time that's happened due to weather since 1888, the Daily News reported.

In Brooklyn, two people were killed by a falling tree Monday night, numerous trees were torn out of the ground in Prospect Park, and flood waters inundated the neighborhood of Red Hook and the Gowanus Canal.

Nearly 100 homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, including the home of U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, burned after a fire consumed a neighborhood still recovering from a tornado hit back in September. Trees and power lines were scattered across the landscape in Forest Hills as well as Bayside and Douglaston

In the Hudson Valley, nearly all municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam have declared states of emergency, with evacuations called for in Port Chester, Piermont, Yonkers and other villages and cities. Countless residences throughout the three counties are without power, with some power companies saying restoration could take well over a week.

Roads are populated by emergency vehicles, branches and debris. The Tappan Zee Bridge closed down to motorists at 4 p.m. Monday due to high winds, reopening late Tuesday morning.

The Hudson River crashed through barriers and flooded coastlines along Nyack, Piermont, Tarrytowns and the river villages in Westchester. East, on the Sound Shore, the Long Island Sound submerged parts of Rye and Port Chester.

Further north, a woman in Ulster County was killed by the storm.


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