By about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sandy was classified a post-tropical cyclone. Meteorologists said Sandy lost some characteristics of a tropical storm because of its collision with arctic air. But that collision also created an unusually large and dangerous storm system spanning nearly 1,000 miles and dumping as much as 2 feet of snow in mountainous areas.
In its latest incarnation, Sandy was weakening while moving slowly westward across southern Pennsylvania, its maximum sustained winds dropping to 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It said high-wind warnings were in effect along the central to southern Appalachians and across portions of the Great Lakes. Storm warnings remained in effect along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts from Virginia to Massachusetts and across the Great Lakes.
U.S. stock markets remained closed for a second day Tuesday. It was the first time that the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two straight days because of weather since a major blizzard struck the city in 1888.
The stock exchange announced that it would reopen Wednesday.
Federal government offices were closed for most employees Tuesday, most schools, colleges and universities shut their doors for another day, and Amtrak canceled Northeast service.
From Manhattan’s East Village to Brooklyn’s Red Hook, many New Yorkers were reeling Tuesday in the storm’s aftermath without electricity or running water, largely restricted to their own neighborhoods in the absence of public transportation. Ground-level businesses, apartment dwellers and homeowners pumped out floodwaters and tried to salvage waterlogged possessions.
In his warehouse by Red Hook’s piers, Shamoun, the owner of Technico Marine Corporation, sounded irritated when he noted that a friend had urged him to contact FEMA to help raise the funds needed to get his business back up and running. He said he abandoned an effort last year to secure a loan from FEMA after Hurricane Irene because the paperwork — 30 pages’ worth — was too cumbersome to complete without an “army of secretaries,” and because the agency would not have been able to provide a better loan rate than his own banker.
“I don’t think the government is going to do anything for me,” Shamoun complained. “It’s disheartening.”
In Lower Manhattan, the inconveniences were compounded by the risks of crossing the street. Street lights were out and traffic cops were scarce, leaving pedestrians to play a dangerous game of chicken with cars, cabs and trucks speeding along First Avenue.