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This is a Fox News alert tonight on monster storms sandy slamming the entire East Coast powerful winds and torrential rain -- dangerous and deadly.
Already at least five confirmed deaths in New York one man was crushed to death when a tree fell on his house in Queens.
This mean -- -- storm making landfall about two hours ago along the southern New Jersey coast near Atlantic City and starting his deadly journey up the coast dressed in anything in her way already parts of lower Manhattan in the dark con Edison deliberately shutting off power to thousands to prevent further storm damage.
As storm surge -- reaches record high levels.
Getting help is a nightmare.
New York city's 911 system is overloaded.
It's not just New York -- and New Jersey in Maryland sandy downing trees leaving thousands and thousands without power.
In Delaware and New Jersey raging floodwaters drenching and in some instances drowning coastal towns.
Fifty million people still in Sandy's line of fire that count at this hour is more than three million without power.
Thousands and thousands of those without power are they are in New York City though whipping winds and pounding rain creating treacherous conditions in midtown a collapse construction crane is dangling from a high rise now no one knows what it's going to happen but it is getting weaker and weaker and weaker.
David Lee Miller is live in midtown.
That's right Greta there's a great deal of -- here in midtown Manhattan over my shoulder and 57 street one of the major arteries completely sealed off.
High above the seven these stories -- -- is a partial crane collapse.
This is a building that is destined to be ninety's stories tall the -- about a billion and a half dollars apartments here.
Cost tens of millions of dollars this -- we are told -- inspected.
As recently as Friday nevertheless the high winds today paid a very heavy tall and as -- -- -- for yourself there is a partial.
Crane collapse 57 street in New York completely sealed off there is fear that the dangling portion of that crane could come tumbling down to the ground nearby.
Apartments and offices have now the -- -- evacuated.
The situation in midtown though.
As dire as it is nowhere near as bad as lower Manhattan we just heard mayor broom Bloomberg talk a moment ago.
Specifically south of fourteenth street -- battery Park City much of that underwater I was there earlier today.
We watched the prom and -- where people are frequently take a walk in the evening.
Completely covered with water some 101000 people live in battery Park City it has -- been designated zone -- That means a mandatory evacuation.
About a thousand to 15100 of the people who live there though decided that they were going to tough it out they remain there.
At this hour many of them do not have electricity probably most of them do not without electricity the elevators do network in lower Manhattan.
Also not working we are told the ability to pump water so there are no toilets and showers.
Lower Manhattan in for a very difficult time the next few days we -- told that the water level in lower Manhattan.
Surged to as high as fourteen feet.
It broke a record Greta but now there is some good news we understand that the water is starting to recede.
But indeed the damage is done.
A good portion of that water we -- told has -- seeped into the subway system there are now reports that New York City subways.
Could take as many as four days before they are up and running.
Also one of the major I tunnels.
Is it is leaking water that is also going to -- the cause serious it problems for commuters in fact at this hour Greta.
We are told that the only major roadway in -- at a Manhattan which is an island.
Is the Lincoln Tunnel we -- told -- this hour that is open all three major airports.
JFK LaGuardia and Newark also.
Completely shut down in fact there are reports that one of the runways at LaGuardia is partially submerged.
Partially under water take a look now down.
Eighth avenue New York City.
Bumper to bumper traffic even though it's 10 o'clock at night are very busy street.
You see only a handful of taxis a handful of cars mainly emergency vehicles.
The authorities have told everyone to get off the streets New York City is going to be in for a very.
Tough next few days.
In addition to the problem with the the -- to flooding and of course the crane as I mentioned just being outside on the street is extremely dangerous because there are still high winds and every few moments there is flying debris in the air your chance of being hit it.
-- killed -- seriously hurt very great and many New Yorkers staying at home a handful out in the street you can take a look -- spin around again one more time you can see these people here.
To take a look for themselves at the scene.
In midtown Manhattan.
It appears that we've lost to David Lee Miller that's of course to be expected the conditions under which -- owners reporting are absolutely horrendous -- and.
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