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Smith -- New York this is breaking news coverage of the monster storm this taking aim at the East Coast right now.
Sandy is no longer a hurricane but forecasters say.
Its winds are still as strong as a hurricane it just no longer has tropical characteristics.
It is the most powerful storm to hit the region since they started keeping track.
Tonight officials are blaming the storm for at least one death in Maryland.
Here in New York City construction crane collapsed high above Times Square this afternoon it's now dangling over midtown Manhattan at around 58 street.
Officials say inspectors and engineers plan to -- 74.
Flights to check out the damage.
A closer look now meteorologists say that high in the air the wind gusts could well have hit 95 miles an hour.
Farther downtown the facade of this building collapse this is fourteenth street around eighth avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood fire officials report nobody hurt.
Much of lower Manhattan is now in the dark after the utility company Con Ed.
Cut power to that southern tip of the island.
Rick Leventhal is in Point Pleasant New Jersey where the storm is either now or just about to come ashore in fact we've just gotten in the learn.
The center of the hurricane has just made landfall.
Within the last thirty seconds officially.
In south Jersey.
And that's where Rick Leventhal is now written.
There's never -- tells -- that she's not hurt you had a mortgage insurer and the like water.
And I wish we could show you what's going on the street outside we'll try it you really can't see the video won't do it justice but let me tell you.
There they were raging and raging river out there -- Washington avenue and Ocean Avenue there are white caps now lol it probably -- And there is swallowing up vehicles there they think this blog today a large boat -- would.
Broken up right -- -- a big piece it doc came rolling down watch did have a good that this situation out here it got word.
-- we have a lot of crews that are hunkering down here inside this hotel.
And hoping that this water start receding soon but I could tell.
It doesn't look like you're more security -- didn't -- didn't buried very -- no one good drive good they wanna do.
-- -- beat at least maybe three feet of water on -- -- avenue and I had the -- got people on and off the -- I love my cellphone signal so Bob what about you do all right we will get back to you the moment that can be restored first.
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