New York State Governor has announced the closing of several bridges and the Holland and Queens Midtown Tunnel closing…..
He also predicted that the storm will move thru New York land fall earlier than first predicted ….around 6 to 9 PM instead of 11PM….
The NY Governor was in the company of the Nassau and Suffolk County Executive’s…
(The local TV channel’s are pre-empting their regular programing)
Long Island Ocean surges are his major worries…..
(There have been recues on Long Island’s Fire Island)
Cuomo has been in touch with President Obama….
Who has pledged assistance…
He has called up the National Guard……
The huge storm, which picked up speed over the water on Monday morning, was producing sustained winds of 90 miles per hour by 11 a.m., up from 75 m.p.h. on Sunday night. The center of Hurricane Sandy made its expected turn toward the New Jersey coast early on Monday. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was now moving north-northwest at 28 m.p.h. At 2 p.m., the center said that the center of the storm was about 110 miles from Atlantic City, where the boardwalk had been damaged, and 175 miles from New York City.
In Manhattan, the top section of a crane atop a luxury building under construction on West 57th Street near Central Park had toppled over and was dangling about 80 stories above the ground. Even with landfall still hours away, there was no holding back flooding from the advance guard of the storm — fast-moving bands of rain that lashed protective barriers in beachfront communities and then pushed inland. In Delaware, some oceanfront roads in Rehoboth Beach were underwater and structures destroyed. In Maryland, the normally placid Sligo Creek in the Washington suburb of Takoma Park turned into a torrent. In Ocean City, Md., the boardwalk pier was “significantly damaged” overnight, said Mike Levy, a public information officer for the Police Department there.
President Obama returned to the White House on Monday and met with top advisers before speaking to reporters.
“This is going to be a big storm,” he said, urging people to follow mandatory evacuation orders. “It’s going to be a difficult storm.”
Mr. Obama said the storm would disrupt the rhythms of daily life in the states it hit. “Transportation is going to be tied up for a long time,” he said, adding that besides flooding, there would probably be widespread power failures. “The fact is, a lot of these emergency crews are not going to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds die down.” He added, “That may take several days.”
When a reporter asked about the hurricane’s impact on the campaign, the president said: “I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. I’m worried about the impact on families, and I’m worried about our first responders.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo IS being seen as displaying ‘Leadership’ people…..
Politics is always present…..
photo of Southampton LI, NY….Lucus Jackson/ReutersShare on Facebook