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From the Associated Press: "By evening, a record 13-foot storm surge was threatening Manhattan’s southern tip, howling winds had left a crane hanging from a high-rise and utilities deliberately darkened part of downtown Manhattan to avoid storm damage. 'It’s really a complete ghost town now,' said Stephen Weisbrot, from a powerless 10th-floor apartment in lower Manhattan. Water lapped over the seawall in Battery Park City, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. Rescue workers floated bright orange rafts down flooded downtown streets, while police officers rolled slowly down the street with loudspeakers telling people to go home."
From Bloomberg Businessweek:"Hurricane Sandy’s economic toll is poised to exceed $20 billion after the biggest Atlantic storm slammed into the Eastern U.S., damaging homes and offices and flooding subways in America’s most populated city. The total would include insured losses of about $7 billion to $8 billion, said Charles Watson, research and development director at Kinetic Analysis Corp., a hazard-research company in Silver Spring, Maryland. Much of the remaining tab will be picked up by cities and states to repair infrastructure, such as New York City’s subways and tunnels, he said."
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Get ready for a wallop. Because even though the center of Hurricane Sandy is battering the East Coast, its fringes were expected to fling wind gusts of 70 mph at Northeast Ohio. Hurricane Sandy will bring sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph inland here, with 58 mph winds over Lake Erie, said meteorologist John Mayers of the National Weather Service in Cleveland. The monster storm will also dump plenty of rain, atop the more than 3.5 inches we've received since Friday. By 11 p.m. Monday, the windup for the storm's punch had begun in earnest. Nearly 44,000 homes in the region were without electricity, dozens of area schools had canceled classes for today, and traveling was difficult -- if not impossible."
From the Staten Island Advance: "STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Chaos overtook Staten Island's coastal communities Monday night, with flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rising so rapidly some residents took to their roofs in an attempt to escape them, according to emergency radio transmissions. Dozens, if not scores of calls were made to emergency officials, and rescue boats were dispatched, but rescuers were having a difficult time getting to desperate residents due to live power lines submerged in flood water."
From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON — Part of a nuclear power plant was shut down late Monday while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.
One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. because of external electrical grid issues said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at risk due to water levels from the Hudson River, which reached 9 feet 8 inches and was subsiding. Another unit at the plant was still operating at full power.
The oldest U.S. nuclear power plant, New Jersey’s Oyster Creek, was already out of service for scheduled refueling. But high water levels at the facility, which sits along Barnegat Bay, prompted safety officials to declare an “unusual event” around 7 p.m. About two hours later, the situation was upgraded to an “alert,” the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.
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From the Associated Press: SAVAGE, Md. — State officials say a power outage caused by superstorm Sandy at a water reclamation plant has resulted in a sewage overflow of 2 million gallons per hour into the main stem of the Little Patuxent River.
Officials say the overflow began Monday night when a storm-induced power supply loss from both electrical feeders caused the overflow.
Crews with the Bureau of Utilities are working with BGE to restore power.
Officials say because of the severity of Hurricane Sandy, no action is being currently being taken to mitigate the damage.
From the Post's Victor Zapana: As of midnight, the number of nationwide outages associated with Superstorm Sandy increased yet again. The Associated Press reports that 5.4 million customers are without power, and the Maryland Public Service Commission is reporting an additional 360,000. This means that nearly 5.8 million customers are suffering through outages.
From the Associated Press: OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Route 90 bridge into Ocean City has reopened after being closed to all but emergency traffic as high winds and heavy rain intensify during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
The bridge closed at 5 p.m. Monday and reopened at 10 p.m.
Approximately 10 inches of rain is expected. That will result in severe flooding in low-lying areas, when combined with the storm and tidal surges.
For those residents and visitors who haven’t evacuated, the town’s emergency services officials are now advising them to shelter in place for the rest of the storm.
One of the strongest storms on record assaulted the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast Monday with historic coastal flooding, hurricane-force winds, unrelenting rain, and blinding mountain snow.
Greg Carbin of NOAA's Storm Prediction Center called it "an incredible day in meteorological history" and produced this stunning animation of the storm's voyage to landfall in Atlantic City:
(The animation displays the storm's pressure field and offers a sense of storm's sprawling expanse and remarkable depth.)