She came, but she hasn’t left yet.
Hurricane Superstorm Sandy just had her way with the East Coast, but the damage is not over yet.
Manhattan’s Battery Park recorded a nearly 14 foot tide, destroying a record set in the 60′s by several feet. Five hours after making landfall in southern New Jersey, Sandy was swirling around Pennsylvania still carrying hurricane-force winds.
Several million people in the East Coast area are without power. A side effect of is that Sandy ended up knocking out the Gawker Media Network’s hive, so if you’re wondering why it, Gizmodo, Jezebel or io9 are down — it’s because Sandy killed their power.
Gawker’s still up in some capacity, essentially providing a Tumblr of updates on the damage. But as always, those guys find some stuff that you’d want to see. Check it out.
South New Jersey is in terrible condition — much of Seaside Heights is submerged. This photo of the roller coaster out there should give you an indication:
Yeah, that bitch didn’t look like that a week ago. Some towns in New Jersey went from normal to completely underwater in less than an hour.
The New York Stock Exchange is still closed, but will reopen Wednesday. Or at least they plan to, who knows.
While everyone’s thinking about the water, the truth is fire is also a very legitimate concern. As Sandy knocks out transformers, those things have a tendency to catch on fire, as well as surrounding structures. Around eighty homes burned down in Queens. Cause is unknown.
And now Sandy’s spreading out. Fierce winds are expected to blow as far as Georgia and the Great Lakes area. Heavy rains will pour in New England and parts of the Midwest. According to a government prediction, the storm’s wind damage alone is estimated to cost $7 Billion.
Power may be out for days. Residents are encouraged to not expect it back anytime soon and to keep warm any way they can.
Question: Are you out there? How are you guys doing?