Hurricane Sandy passed over New York City beginning Sunday night and lasted into early Tuesday morning, with the strongest weather occurring on Monday night. The “super-storm” was so large that it affected an enormous amount of land in the United States; creating blizzard conditions in West Virginia, and 20 foot wave surges in Lake Michigan. Despite being well-prepared for the coming storm, the damage to the New York City MTA Subway System is believed to be the largest disaster in the MTA’s 100 years.
On Tuesday morning, the city emerged from the storm after sustaining considerable damage. A crane collapsed and proceeded to hang dangerously from a residential tower on West 57th Street. The façade of a “Muscle Maker Grill” building collapsed on Monday night, and most of lower Manhattan is without power almost 2 full days after the storm. 100 houses were destroyed in a fire that broke out in Queens. The storm surge that hit lower Manhattan caused widespread flooding issues prompting city officials to discuss new ways to protect the city from future storm surges. All 10 subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were completely flooded, and 7 subway stations were flooded. As of Wednesday October 31, the MTA has no timeline for putting the system back on-line.
The power of the Hurricane was increased when it came to shore and came into contact with 2 other wintery weather systems, creating a hybrid “super-storm”. The kinetic energy that was generated by Sandy is larger than any other storm in the United States since 1969.
AWA’s New York Office was closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the damage across the city. We are now open, but many local offices in the area are still without power and have no real idea of when they will get power back. The Subways continue to be out of commission, delaying the City’s return to a normal schedule.
New Yorkers yet again were able to showcase their collective spirit enabling them to come together in order to survive super-storm Sandy.