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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2012, 09:34:54 AM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225108/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-Obama-declares-major-disaster-New-York-17-people-die-Superstorm.html

At least 33 people have died in the devastation wreaked by Superstorm Sandy - including two children killed instantly by a falling tree.
 
The children - named locally as Jack Baumler, 11, and Michael Robson, 13 - were crushed by the toppled tree as they played outside their home in Westchester County, New York state, at 6.45pm on Monday.

Other fatalities include a woman who was electrocuted to death by falling wires on Manhattan’s 134th Street and a 29-year-old man who was killed in a car crash in Queens.
 
A man was crushed by a falling tree in Ulster County, New York State, and one death has been reported in Connecticut and two people were killed when their pick-up was crushed by  a falling tree in New Jersey.

Police in Toronto said a woman was killed by a falling sign as high winds closed in on Canada's largest city.
 
A 30-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on his house on 166th Street in Flushing, New York City.

Meanwhile a 62-year-old man was killed as he let his dog out on his porch in Oley, Pennsylvania.

An eight-year-old boy died when he was crushed by a falling tree in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
 
And a jogger was reportedly hospitalised after being crushed by a falling tree in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225108/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-Obama-declares-major-disaster-New-York-33-people-die-Superstorm.html#ixzz2AniQrm1D
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2012, 09:56:54 AM »
Update at least 33 dead from the superstorm. The number is gradually rising as search and rescue efforts continue.) - Yowbarb
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Obama declares 'major disaster' in New York as 18 people die in Superstorm Sandy and swathes of the city wake up under water

Storm damage projected at £12bn // Sandy kills at least 18 people in US and Canada - including ten deaths in New York
President Barack Obama has declared a 'major disaster' in New York and Long Island
At least 7.4m properties across US East have lost power // New York City could be without power for a week
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'Tragically we expect that number to go up' referring to New York death toll

Mass transit system, schools, stock exchange and Broadway shut, as water overflows NYC's historic waterfront
Record 13ft storm surge threatening lower Manhattan and howling winds left crane hanging from high-rise building
Over 10,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe grounded due to Superstorm Sandy

NYU Hospital loses backup power and evacuates patients // Nuclear power plant on alert
 More than 190 firefighters battled blaze destroying more than 80 homes in Breezy Point

Stock trading will be closed in the US again for a second day running -  last time it was closed for two days was 1888

By Mark Duell, Louise Boyle, Rachel Quigley, Michael Zennie, Andrew Milne and Jill Reilly
PUBLISHED:21:46 EST, 29 October 2012| UPDATED: 10:51 EST, 30 October 2012

President Obama has declared a 'major disaster' in New York and Long Island as swathes of the city woke up under water after a night of being battered by Superstorm Sandy.
 
This morning millions of people on the East Coast are facing flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm, which swamped New York City's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district.
 
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to ever descend on the country, hit the mainland at 6.30pm local time yesterday having laid waste to large parts of the coast during the day.

The storm that made landfall in New Jersey yesterday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 18 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.
 
New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225108/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-Obama-declares-major-disaster-New-York-17-people-die-Superstorm.html#ixzz2AnhWxths
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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2012, 12:17:40 PM »
Right now in New York there are still rain bands moving through wind gusts which is slowing down the rescue and cleanup efforts... Record - breaking storm surge came in and went underground to subways...13.5 feet.
NY Gov Cuomo stated at least 5 deaths (but the rescue and cleanup and still going on.)
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New Jersey:  A combination of Federal, State local, other state personnel and volunteers are flat -out
on search and rescue in ATLANTIC CITY and MOONACHIE - also they are helping with SAYERVILL NY. I listened to NJ Gov. Christie on MSNBC at about 07:30 AM EDT today.
At least 2.4 million customers are without power in NJ this AM.  Notes below, Yowbarb 
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Governor Christie's Storm Response - paraphrasedThis has been a massive record breaking disaster, fortunately so far minimal loss of life due to preparations and evacuations, but it's not over and some people still in danger and need help. There are thousands of people sheltered now, who had to flee the storm. If anyone wants to help: Volunteer Line: 1-800-Jersey-7
Also contributions to the Salvation Army and the Red Cross
will help. These agencies have been working really hard and a big help.
There was a really bad storm surge and they lost 5 substations last night by Newark Bay: [As of the time of the interview] all power in Neward is out. A lot of power to Jersey City is out.

Thousands still being rescued in Atlantic City and Moonachie...A berm was overrun in Bergen (spelling?) County which led to massive flooding and rescues last night and today in Moonachie and Atlantic City. 05:30 this AM rescues started.
Governor and President Obama been all over the situation to do all that they can. Red tape being cut through...FEMA called fast...

[As of the time of the interview] it was still too dangerous for the Governor to fly over the shoreline, winds, but he knows the Jersey shore is devastated. Before the hurricane came ashore the entire boardwalk was already indundated.
The storm surge was so powerful: Empty freight cars washed up on the Jersey Turnpike and are being removed with cranes.

More in next post.

UPDATE:  The winds from Sandy had died down enough that NJ Governor Christie was able to fly over
the New Jersey coastline.
Below is a Youtube video of the aerial view.
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Hurricane Sandy Aerial Damage View    0:56

Video Link:  http://youtu.be/jLJp2Vv-iYQ

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by dukijones
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain.
The full extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore Monday night with hurricane force, was unclear. Police and fire officials, some with their own departments flooded, fanned out to rescue hundreds.
"We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can," Gov. Chris Christie said. "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."
The death toll from Sandy in the U.S. climbed to 18, including six in New York, four in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey, with most of the victims killed by falling trees. Sandy also killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard.
At least 7.4 million people across the East were without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights.
Lower Manhattan, the financial center of the U.S., was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over its seawalls and highways and into low-lying streets.
Water cascaded into the gaping, unfinished construction pit at the World Trade Center, and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day, the first time that has happened because of weather in more than a century.
A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens on Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues. Three people were injured.
A downtown hospital, New York University's Tisch, evacuated 200 patients after its backup generator failed. About 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were carried down staircases and on battery-powered respirators.
And a construction crane that collapsed in the high winds on Monday still dangled precariously 74 floors above the streets of midtown Manhattan.
With water standing in two major commuter tunnels and seven subway tunnels under the East River, there was no indication of when the nation's largest transit system would be rolling again. It shut down Sunday night ahead of the storm.
Joseph Lhota, chairman of the regional Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the damage was the worst in the 108-year history of the New York subway.
Millions of more fortunate New Yorkers surveyed damage as dawn broke, their city brought to an extraordinary standstill.
"Oh, Jesus. Oh, no," Faye Schwartz said she looked over damage in neighborhood in Brooklyn, where cars were scattered like leaves.
Besides the subway and the stock exchange, most major tunnels and bridges in New York were closed, as were schools, Broadway theaters and the metropolitan area's three main airports, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark.
"This will be one for the record books," said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.
In New Jersey, a huge swell of water swept over the small town of Moonachie, near the Hackensack River, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people, some of them living in a trailer park. Police and fire officials used boats to try to reach the stranded.
Jersey City was closed to cars because traffic lights were out, and Hoboken, just over the Hudson River from Manhattan, dealt with major flooding. In Atlantic City, most of the world-famous boardwalk was intact, but pieces washed away Monday night.
Remnants of the hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain, high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.



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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2012, 04:36:56 AM »
The video on this page needs some time to load apparently...
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http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/49615705/#49615705

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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2012, 10:49:20 AM »
USA East Coast / Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
Link:    http://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=171.0
Here are some briefings from the past couple of days, on through this AM from meteorologists
and local govt. leaders -located in the eastern seaboard.   Some I had recorded; I watched these. Paraphrased. – Yowbarb
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Seen on MSNBC, a show from PM of the 30th 

Katy Tur, NBC News


Katy Tur NBC News at Little Ferry NJ: 
About 10:30 PM the 29th water came flooding into Little Ferry like a river. It really wasn’t expected.
This was several miles inland from the coast.  6-10 feet high. In the space of 15 minutes,
Little Ferry was 80% under water. Some power is back on now... 500 rescued, daybreak of the 30th.
Levee broke at midnight. People had not been told to evacuate...not used to flooding like that.
Katy Tur also said, Moonachie, Hackensack also flooded like that.
Federal response, Sear cha rescue was already nearby the scene...FEMA National Guard nearby. They got elderly, kids disabled, pets... there may be another rescue soon... It smeels really bad of gasoline and sewage!
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Also on MSNBC PM of the 30th : Connecticut lost at least 4 people 600,000 are without power, in the town of New Haven alone, 195 trees are being cleared off roads. All kinds of Federal assistance was already happening there in CT at the time.
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Gov of MD, Dan Malloy:



Gov of MD, Dan Malloy (Dannel P. Malloy) gave briefing. He said the shoreline and the infrastructure has to be raised up, it won’t work rebuilding it the same way. He knew for a long time the waters would rise. There should not be any below ground parking in the future. Gov was reassured at the time, help on the way. He said, “The Election will go on, even if they have to count ballots by hand.”

Gov Malloy said the #1 Rail line, Metro North in CT needs to get up and running...it goes directly to Grand Central. “WE need to protect and harden the infrastructure, not just for this emergency but so it will last and be there for our children and on into the future.”
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More on MSNBC: 
Much of HOBOKEN NJ is under water. Mayor Sandy Zimmer:
   

Mayor Sandy Zimmer says ½ the buildings are flooded. 20,000 people still in their homes. As of that time, late night the 30th he was coordinating with National Guard to get people out. Zimmer concerned about a lot of senior citizens in high rises without power for their medical devices, etc. Streets are very narrow and the Payloaders don’t fit in there. The tall equipment needed to take people out of their apartments is not there. Needed.  PA system only way to communicate with residents. Asking National Guard for help as of the 30th.  Mayor was told PM of the 29th the equipment would arrive [ Yowbarb Note: I don’t know if it did. ] Sewage plant was completely overrun. There is more sewage than water in the water standing around. 20,000 -25,000 people still stranded.
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Yowbarb Note, additional regional news:
[ Update:  MD Gov Martin O'Malley tweets Early voting resumes tomorrow with all locations open from 8am to 9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday #MDSandy 30 Oct 12

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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2012, 11:45:01 AM »
Continuing what was on the MSNBC program I recorded last night (30th.)
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New Jersey's largest city, Newark, 270,000 without power...then they got most of the lights back on as of 4 PM the 29th.

Brief Interview with Corey Booker Mayor of Newark:



Large sections of the city continue to come back online...
Worried especially about senior stuck in high rises...needing medical supplies and med machines operating.
Food is being delivered to places which have high need populations. People need to avoid the dangers, such as power lines hidden in flood waters on streets.
Stoves, candles fire hazards...Please be careful. Please do not call 911 unless a real emergency.
Here is a number to call:  Non Emergency Hotline 073-733-4311. Volunteers are manning up this line 14/7.
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More from the MSNBC program:  Wednesday (Today) NJ Governor and President Obama are touring the devastation on the New Jersey shore.
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NY Governor ANDREW CUOMO


NY Governor CUOMO gave a briefing CNN early afternoon today:

[ paraphrased ]
No subway service in Manhattan below 34th street because there is no power to that section due to flooding.
•   BUSSES AT FULL SERVICE AGAIN TODAY
•   **TOMORROW, LIMITED NYC SUBWAY SERVICE IS RESTORED supplemented by a bus bridge,
•   – Brooklyn to Manhattan.
•   3 OUT OF 7 East River Tunnels have been pumped.
•   There will be more service as time goes on. MTA working continually on this situation.
•   Traffic extremely heavy so patience and tolerance really needed.
•   Mid-town Tunnel still shut down = heavy traffic.
•   A lot of lights still out, CON ED and WESTCHESTER Co. working very hard.
•   NY State Power Authority brought 1800 utility workers from upstate NY. They are already here, working.
•   Update Ut. workers working on Long Island and Manhattan and Westchester power outages.
•   We cannot say for sure where power will be restored and exactly when.Siginificant challenges to the NY population.
•   FEMA and President very responsive.
•   Army corps of Engineers there soon (or there?) A main problem is water and athe city needs help with this.
•   LIMITED COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE RESTORED (as of 2 PM today busses) also limited service Long Island and Metro North...L.I.R.R.  partly working (?)
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Senior Senator Schumer of NY Update given, also Senator Mendendez, about the necessity of removing the contaminated water and hazardous substances such as gasoline.
Richard Quest journalist who used to live in NY: A few Fedex flights have been seen to leave JFK Airport. Neward:  Not many arrivals; a few departures.
19,500 flights were canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.
It will be days before the airports get back to normal.
Painfully slow, the progress on flights leaving New York.           
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From the Red Cross: We do not need donated goods such as canned goods! Please we need donations of money and blood.
http:www.redcross.org
1-800-RED –CROSS to donate
Also: TEXT   R-E-D-C-R-O-S-S to 90999 this will give a Ten dollar donation. Very much needed.
Red Cross will be operating on the eastern seaboard for months not days, thousands of people are sheltered and more will be arriving in shelters as they are being rescued.
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TV interview with Michael Holmes about the New Jersey Shore 130 miles.
There are sinkholes...
Front loaders and dump trucks trucks shoveling debris up... Houses in the street water and sand everywhere...People still trying to leave... the amusement park, Ocean Beach is a shambles. The big roller coaster is in the water. Water doesn’t seem to have receded all the way. Holmes is one of first reporters allowed in...wind made flights in difficult but there are aid workers and cleanup people there now. Some residents were picked up and evacuated as of 09:30 (30th)
He saw a one-mile envoy of emergency vehicles, emergency supply trucks, heavy equipment fire trucks, gas trucks and evacuation trucks. The smell of natural gas is noticeable. Workers trying to get it all capped off. There have been fires. Residents leaving on trucks, looking dazed, saying the 1962 storm did not compare with this one.
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Speaker of the New York City Christine Quinn

The Speaker of the NY City Council (Yowbarb correction) Christine Quinn gave a brief interview; said they knew the storm was coming long before it arrived and that allowed them to be proactive. (Subways shut down before flooding. )That not only saved the city a lot of money but is making it faster to get up and running. She said the main equipment from the subways was all taken out to safeguard it before the water arrived.
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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2012, 12:01:25 PM »
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... boardwalk in Belmar. All that remains is water, sand and debris. usnews.nbcnews.com


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http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/31/14830067-obama-surveying-nj-disaster-navy-sends-carriers-to-help-with-sandy-recovery

Obama surveying NJ disaster; Navy sends carriers to help with Sandy recovery  VIDEO

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http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/31/14830067-obama-surveying-nj-disaster-navy-sends-carriers-to-help-with-sandy-recovery

Recovery operations on Wednesday got a boost from the Navy, which ordered three helicopter carrier ships to the New Jersey and New York coasts, officials told NBC News.
 
[ ..The USS Wasp, USS Carter Hall, and USS Mesa Verde will provide landing platforms for Coast Guard, National Guard and civilian agency helicopters if needed, the officials said, adding that the Atlantic Fleet command made the decision in the name of "prudent planning." ]

USS Wasp:

 
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2012, 09:25:44 AM »
Hurricane Sandy New York City Power Outage Time Lapse Video    1:08

VIDEO Link:  http://youtu.be/kg_bVWZrXgQ

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by James Hustler
Time lapse footage of storm entering New York City [ 24 hour time period ]
Time lapse frames taken from nytimes website using Screenflow for Mac:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html
Audio from: www.audionetwork.com


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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2012, 03:41:33 PM »
Unfortunately, right behind all the devastation NY and NJ is coming a cold front. They will have cold weather...some people are still huddled in their wrecked homes... (At least I haven't heard they were all taken out yet.) National Guard with trucks were taking people out on the backs of trucks yesterday...
NYC tonight down to 43 Atlantic City (miserable mess and no power) down to 40...
1 800 RED CROSS to donate.

http://www.redcross.org

TEXT:   R-E-D-C-R-O-S-S  to 90999 and it will send $10 to Rd Coss

Red Cross will need lots of donations to cover the shelter costs for quite some time. There is the cost of operating the shelter, food, electricity heating, water med supplies, transport, phone and net services...
Winter is coming and lots of people lost their homes and everything they had, esp[ecially in NJ.
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« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2012, 12:13:29 AM »
http://abcnews.go.com/US/york-city-marathon-canceled-sunday/story?id=17629506

New York City Marathon Canceled After Sandy Outcry

VIDEO:  New York City Marathon Canceled After Sandy Outcry

BY ENJOLI FRANCIS and RICHARD ESPOSITO
Nov. 2, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg bowed to public pressure today and canceled Sunday's running of the 2012 ING New York Marathon.
 
The mayor's action came amid an outcry that the event would take away from efforts to help thousands of New Yorkers who are without power or homeless because of superstorm Sandy.
 
"While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division," the mayor said in a statement. "The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."
 
He added, "We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track."
 
Bloomberg had been consulting this evening with the New York Road Runners, the organization behind the annual race this evening.
 
It's the first time the race has ever been canceled.

Marry Wittenberg, CEO of the Road Runners Club, said their original intention had been to "honor those who've been hurt on this tragic storm and move this city forward."
 
But the controversy overwhelmed the race officials in recent days. "It was time to move and let this city focus" on recovery efforts.
 
"It was time to make this decision. This became a psychological issue for the city," she said.
 
Wittenberg said they considered "alternate distances... to shorten the race" in order to salvage it, but a decision had to be made because "people are flying in tomorrow, coming in from across the nation and the world."
 
Earlier this week Bloomberg insisted the race would go on. "[New York] has to show that we are here and we are going to recover, [and] give people something to cheer about in what's been a very dismal week for a lot of people," the mayor said.
 
The marathon traditionally starts at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, one of the hardest hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents were still without power and many remained homeless. At least 19 people also died on Staten Island because of Sandy.
 
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro called plans to race "crazy" and City Council President Christine Quinn, a Bloomberg loyalist, said, "The decision to move forward with the marathon is not a decision I would have made."
 
Before Bloomberg's announcement tweets blasting the decision to proceed with the marathon had increased from about 10,000 tweets to more than 50,000.
 
"Worst storm ever. No electricity. No gas. No subways. Hey, let's host a marathon!!!!" Tweeted Justin Stangel.
 
"Bodies still being found on Staten Island, people eating from dumpsters in Brooklyn, but the Marathon gets generators & food trucks? WTF?" Tweeted CatsPolitics.


 Superstorm Sandy: Should New York Marathon be Canceled? Watch Video
 It's the first time the race has ever been canceled.

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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2012, 12:15:06 AM »
Staten Island reeling from Sandy's wrath    3:28

VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/1AntEiHoFgI

Published on Nov 2, 2012 by CNN
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says "things are looking up," since he's receiving more help for victims.

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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2012, 11:40:32 AM »
Marathon runners who arrived in NYC from 35 countries recently only to find the marathon canceled are helping now in Staten Island...
Heard it on news; not sure how many are there helping, or when they arrived...Probably been there most of this day. I was watching Anderson Cooper in Staten Island, late last night and they weren't there, maybe arrived soon after...?
Below is a site. See it for interactive map of donation centers and other info!
I don't hear much about heat sources. If I were on the ground ther and had funds I would have been handing out battery heaters at the very least...I hope a lot of people have been going door to door...
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http://gothamist.com/2012/11/02/runners_everyone_heres_how_to_help.php

Runners (And Everyone Else): Here's How To Help With Staten Island Sandy Relief

Staten Island has been horribly devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Elected officials have referred to it as a "Katrina-situation" and nearly half of the death toll, including two young boys ripped from their mother during the surge, is attributed to Staten Island. The borough's plight had inspired one NYC Marathon entrant to use her bib as a way to get there, to volunteer instead of run the now-cancelled race. Many have expressed a desire to help and volunteer—so here's your chance to put your time and energy where your mouth or Tweets are.

If you want to volunteer, it's easier with the Staten Island Ferry back up and running (remember, the Staten Island Railway is not in service and there's limited bus services—check MTA.info). Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who told the Staten Island Advance what is most needed are "blankets, diapers, flashlights with batteries" and "especially... cleanup equipment'—is organizing a cleanup for the East Shore on Saturday. You can email her at nysassembly60@gmail.com.

City Councilman James Oddo's office also tells us of three places that can use volunteers—St Christopher's Church (from the ferry, take the S78 or S79 to Midland Avenue), Rabs Country Lanes (from the ferry, take the S79 to Liberty Avenue then walk North on Hylan Blvd to Raritan Ave) and Crossroads Church at 168 New Dorp Lane (from the ferry, take the S76).

The Advance, whose coverage of the tragedy has been heartbreakingly thorough, also lists many places accepting donations and the items they need—for instance, Big Ang's Drunken Monkey at 205 Forest Ave., Brighton Heights, "is accepting clothing, canned food, blankets, baby wipes and more." Staten Island Recovers has a list of places to donate and volunteer—plus this great map:

Occupy Sandy also has details about donations and volunteer efforts.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro has a list of funds to donate to—Tunnel to Towers for Hurricane Sandy relief (PDF)—as well as drop-off locations for items. Besides "Donations of food, water, clothing, baby items, blankets, towels, and toiletries," what's "Most needed right now are work gloves, contractor-strength garbage bags, bubble-wrap, and supplies to help with the cleanup."

If you have further information, please let us know or leave a comment below. We hear the situation is fluid.

Contact the author of this article or email tips@gothamist.com with further questions, comments or tips.

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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2012, 11:48:51 AM »
New Yorkers Rejoice After Power Returns To Lower Manhattan
The lights have finally come back on in most of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy knocked power out everywhere below 39th Street last Monday, and downtown residents were certainly relieved and grateful

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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2012, 07:39:33 AM »
Another storm going to clobber the east coast. Not a hurricane but a low pressure system.
Rain, wind gusts up to 40 mph and tidal problems...
Not sure how bad it will be...Wednesday, Nov 06.

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Re: Human interest stories of the east coast of the USA
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2012, 09:05:13 AM »
Times Square Earth Cam - give it a couple minutes to load if it is slow.
This popped right up today,
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