As I watched enormous hurricane Sandy move up toward the Northeastern coastline this week, I thought of all the places I have visited in that part of the country. My most favorite, by far, is New York City as I have mentioned in a previous post. Seeing the darkness in the image below (South of 34th Street) reminded me of the great power and unpredictability of super storms such as Sandy. New York is a city that I think of as incredibly powerful and able to withstand anything, but it was pushed to its limits during this storm. Mayor Bloomberg said the following when he addressed New Yorkers Tuesday morning, “MTA CEO Joe Lhota has described this as the worst disaster the agency has seen in the 108 years the subways have been running…We expected an unprecedented storm impact here in New York City, and that’s what we got. So while the worst of the storm has passed, conditions are still dangerous.” The latest updates from the mayor can be found on his website at mikebloomberg.com.
Places that used to be so recognizable like the Carey Tunnel below are now covered with water and debris. The New York Times has been an incredible resource during this time, especially its continually updated section called Assessing Damage from Hurricane Sandy. This article and others have explained that officials believe that it could take up to five days to get the full transit system running again. Water must be pumped out of 50 miles of tunnels, and the electrical system must be fully checked and approved before the trains can begin running again. I wish I could be there to take part in the restoration of this great city, and I am very grateful that I was protected from this horrible storm by living inland.
The New York Times storm assessment section has made an update with the following photos of crews working to pump the water out of the city and back to where it belongs:
You can follow @MikeBloomberg, @NYTMetro, and @nytimes on Twitter to get updates on the restoration of New York City and surrounding areas. The photo below was tweeted by Diane Sawyer Tuesday morning as an image of hope for the areas impacted by the storm. As Mayor Bloomberg stated, “New Yorkers are resilient and we have seen an enormous outpouring of support from people eager to volunteer, donate and help out.”