Hurricane Sandy Slams Into Atlantic City, New Jersey; Flooding Coastal Communities

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Hurricane Sandy made landfall at about 8pm just south of Atlantic City New Jersey along with a 10-14 foot storm surge causing flooding to many coastal communities.  This is the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than 80 years.

>>Lastest Pics and Updates On Damage And Recovery from Sandy<<

So far an estimated 7.3 million are with  electricity, including 2 million in New Jersey alone, as trees toppled onto power lines across central New Jersey, Delaware and New York and Con-Edison had a major power transformer blow up causing a massive power loss in New York City to 275,000.

Widespread flooding has been reported from Delaware to New York City and Long Island.  Waves up to 45 feet were recorded about 100 miles off shore from Long Island New York, where the strongest parts of the storm are form winds, though there is nearly no rain in that quadrant of the storm.

Numerous fires are being reported as a result of downed power lines in New Jersey and New York.  Nearly 80% of Atlantic City was flooded and police estimate about 400 people who did not evacuate are stranded in their homes and are need of rescue.

The heaviest rains are in the eastern quadrants of Hurricane Sandy and have stretched inland over 500 miles already.  The Ocean City boardwalk has also been destroyed along with other structures.

The Atlantic City boardwalk was damaged as rough surf and powerful waves battered the iconic tourist attractions along the coast.  

There were some heated words from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christi regarding the mayor of Atlantic City, who told residents to shelter in Atlantic City despite the New Jersey Gov. ordering evacuations and closing of the casinos.

Just before making landfall, Sandy had suddenly increased in power, going from a hurricane, down to tropical storm overnight Sunday, then up to 90mph winds on Monday mid-day before finally hitting the coast of New Jersey with 80-85mph winds.

At least one death has already been reported in New York after a tree feel on a car in Queens, New York killing a 30-year-old man.

Hurricane force winds extend outwards to 175 miles and tropical storm force winds extend outwards to 485 miles, covering much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states.  State as far away as Michigan and West Virginia are experiencing tropical storm force winds, while also now under a blizzard warning as Sandy brings record moisture and mixes with two other weather storms from the arctic west.

The 9pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center:
9:00 PM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 39.6°N 74.6°W
Moving: WNW at 21 mph
Min pressure: 947 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph

News updates have reflected that Sandy has already begun loosing strength, good news to those inland who won't face the strongest of winds of the hurricane, but not good for those living in coastal communities.

Upwards of 800,000 people have evacuated from Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

9 states from Maryland to Maine have declared states of emergency and more than 13,000 flights have been cancelled already.

IN NEW YORK CITY

A large construction crane has collapsed in New York City, and the city has erected sandbag barriers around every subway entrance hoping to prevent flooding in a city highly dependent on mass transit.

The stock market was closed today, the first time since 1888 due to weather.  Nearly one-third of the world's equity trading was suspended as the market was closed.
 

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