Hurricane Sandy Hits NYC

Posted: Oct 29, 2012 7:08 PM by KOMU Staff
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 9:37 PM

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NEW YORK CITY, NY (AP) - Sandy makes landfall, sends surge of seawater against New York City.

It's no longer classified a hurricane, but that's doesn't mean much to the folks who are feeling the effects of Sandy.

The National Hurricane Center now says Sandy is a post-tropical cyclone and while it's losing strength, it still has sustained winds at 85 mph. The center of the enormous storm made landfall at 8 p.m. (Eastern) near Atlantic City. It's merging with a winter storm from the West.

The storm is still a vast and dangerous hybrid storm. It's already knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million customers and figures are expected to rise.

In New York City, the main utility has cut power to parts of downtown Manhattan in a preemptive bid to lessen the approaching storm's damage. A spokesman from Consolidated Edison says the utility cut power shortly after 7 p.m. to 6,500 customers. At that time, a few inches of water began spilling over the seawall of lower Manhattan. Although weakened, Sandy could bring with her a 13-foot storm surge.

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