Ground Zero flooded out
Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city’s historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people.
Rising water from the Hudson River overtakes a bank drive-through as Superstorm Sandy pushed ashore.
The city had shut its mass transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to leave home to get out of the way of the superstorm Sandy as it zeroed in on the nation’s largest city.
Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site at the World Trade Center, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York.
Residents spent much of the day trying to salvage normal routines, jogging and snapping pictures of the water while officials warned the worst of the storm had not hit.
Sandy creates flooding along Beers Street and West front Street in Keyport, N.J. Facebook/Jessica Bame Aumack
By evening, a record 13-foot storm surge was threatening Manhattan’s southern tip, utilities darkened parts of downtown Manhattan on purpose to avoid storm damage and water started lapping over the seawall in Battery Park City, flooded rail yards and parts of the financial district.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged New York City residents not to call 9-1-1 unless “you have a life-threatening emergency,” in a press conference Monday night. He added that the emergency response service was receiving an estimated 10,000 calls per hour.
Surfers make their way to large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy on Beach 90th Street in the Rockaway section of Queens, Sunday, October 28, 2012. (Charles Eckert/Weather.com