Last night, all of us New Yorker’s hunkered down and prepared for Hurricane Sandy – filling our bath tub with water, stocking up on food, and gathering out candles. Luckily, in my small apartment on the Upper West Side, we did not lose power, even though the lights did flicker on and off multiple times. Others were not so lucky though.
The Huffington Post reports, “New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference Tuesday morning that 750,000 city residents were without power after the storm. ConEd warned on Twitter that customers in Manhattan currently without power will have it restored in 4 days, and that all other areas served by overhead lines will take up to a week.”
Up and down the east coast millions are without power, over 80 homes were burned to the ground in Queens, NY and flooding in Battery City caused the New York Stock Exchange to close down for two days. All in all, this superstorm will cost over $20 Billion in recovery which is a historic amount. And not to mention, the roller coster at Seaside Heights beach in NJ is completely demolished and in the ocean.
I can honestly say I have never seen NYC like this. The subways will be completely shut down for days and tomorrow free buses will be running, many have not gone into work and are working remotely and the death toll is up to 17. Only time will tell how quickly we can recover from this.
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