Sandy batters Manhattan; building facade collapses
Thousands without power
- Duration 4:14
- Date Oct 29, 2012
Thousands without power
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Past the hour as the super storm rolls -- a live look at the George Washington Bridge between new York and New Jersey.
One of the many bridges in the New York City area that -- shut down tonight.
All of the local bridges are shut down.
New York City -- virtually isolated we have a new death to report.
The city of New York reports a thirty year old man has been crushed to death after a downed tree crashed into his apartment in flushing in the New York City.
Borough of queens there's an urgent call as well coming out of a fire house in Brooklyn New York.
Firehouse evacuation of engine 206 which is on grand street off Newton creek.
Requesting not trucks or cars but votes to evacuate.
The men inside engine 206 the water has risen so quickly as that live look at the FDR drive now on the main highway on the east side of Manhattan.
It is under water south of twentieth street all the way around the lower Manhattan the storm surge has now in lower Manhattan reached record levels.
The fear was the storm -- storm surge would top the previous record of eleven point two feet.
Instead it's now -- thirteen feet officially from the National Weather Service.
And according to the National Weather Service that is enough to inundate lower Manhattan.
We're told now -- flooding all around the southern tip of Manhattan in parts of queens and Staten Island.
Communication is certainly limited one point five million people -- without power.
Andy at damage estimates in the early going here -- now at ten to twenty million dollars which would make this one of the most costly natural disasters.
In American history.
While David Lee Miller has been following this storm the US financial markets were closed today and they'll be closed again tomorrow for the first time since 1888.
That weather is forced Wall Street to shut down for multiple days.
David Lee Miller's been traveling around the southern tip of our city David Lee what are you seeing out there.
Jeopardy is no exaggeration to say that much of Manhattan at this -- looks like to do is sit.
-- disaster still lower Manhattan especially the flooding continues much of the battery which is the area light glowing tip of Manhattan.
-- -- covered with water the water continues to cascade.
Along one of the major roadways.
People nevertheless in this area designated zone anywhere there is a mandatory evacuation.
-- -- refused to leave.
About 10% of the people who live there kinda it.
Now turning off the tower that has already not been disconnected -- order to prevent damage to this system.
Off in the distance shepherd.
Across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
I have seen repeated explosions.
I am told that they are transformers.
That are simply exploding and sending it -- magnificent.
A big explosion a light you can see across the river as you travel north up.
That -- up along -- evident as you cross fourteenth street they are very disturbing and upsetting sight.
-- story building the entire front of bill -- Completely sheared off because I -- It looks like I'll -- -- -- are not clear what Freddie introduced her work.
Everywhere you traveled throughout that period commissioner purchased out of the water.
Occur -- highways and everywhere you travel market is complete.
The great Carol -- They've Italy we're getting pictures up of that building that you mentioned collapse in the Chelsea section of new York -- of Manhattan.
This is the facade that fell off I guess that's they're on eighth avenue where it fell into the avenue near fourteenth street right.
Exactly right there scores of police outside and it is such a dramatic picture shepherd when you look at this building it almost looks like to -- observing a doll house because there's no hard to -- building.
-- -- -- Terrible tragedy has taken place there it's hard to imagine what goes inside experienced you can see what looks like furniture what looks like couch and then and go home furnishings -- this I was not an industrial building that -- like.
People up until just a few moments ago had been living there -- David -- -- we're watching the same thing still come ashore and I want to show you over here that.