Superstorm Sandy batters the US northeast
Superstorm Sandy has roared ashore on the New
Jersey coast, packing high winds and a life-threatening storm surge.
While it's no longer considered a hurricane, Sandy still has high
winds and rainfall. Experts say it's a vast dangerous hybrid
At least 10 deaths are blamed on the storm and millions have been
left without power.
Sandy has hurled an unprecedented four metre surge of seawater at
New York City, flooding the financial district and subway tunnels,
and cutting power to nearly a million people.
Storm damage was projected at 10 billion to 20 billion dollars,
meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters
in U.S. history.
Sandy has already killed 69 people in the Caribbean.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has
been lost at New York University hospital and the city is working to
move people out.
The mayor delivered a news conference Monday night and said rain
was tapering off in the city and the storm surge was expected to
recede by midnight.
The hospital complex is near the East River in an area of lower
Manhattan where flooding has been reported.
Bloomberg says a few parts of lower Manhattan still have power.
He said there have been a large number of fires reported from downed
America's oldest nuclear power plant is on alert
after waters from a colossal storm reached high levels.
Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, New Jersey, was already offline
for regular maintenance before Sandy, a superstorm downgraded Monday
night from a hurricane, slammed the East Coast.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an ``unusual event'' was
declared around 7 p.m. when water reached a high level. The
situation was upgraded less than two hours later to an ``alert,''
the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.
Federal officials say all nuclear plants are still in safe
condition. They say water levels near Oyster Creek, which is along
the Atlantic Ocean, will likely recede within a few hours.
Oyster Creek went online in 1969 and provides 9 per cent of New
(The Associated Press)
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