Hurricane hammers NY: 10 dead, houses destroyed by fire, freak floods in subway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island are underwater as hurricane Sandy passes over New York. Much of the city is now without power, and mass transit has been shut down until further notice.
Sporadic explosions could be heard throughout the city. Emergency 911 operators were receiving 10,000 calls per half hour, NYC Mayor’s Office reported.
Downed power lines had sparked numerous fires that continue to engulf the city. First reports of major fire were coming in from the Rockaway Park area of Queens, New York. A few hours later, fire engulfed 15 houses in Breezy Point, Queens, and 190 firefighters were on site battling the blaze. Fire has reportedly destroyed 50 houses.
Due to power outages and generator failure dozens of ambulances had to evacuate more than 200 patients from two Manhattan hospitals to Sloan Kettering and Mt. Sinai hospitals.
Earlier an explosion took place at a Con Edison power station in Manhattan, New York, leaving nearly 2 million New Yorkers without power.
A view shows homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
The streets of New York City filled with floodwater, which poured into NY’s subway tunnels and the World Trade Center site.
According to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority this is worst disaster in the history of the NYC subway system.
Sandy sent in a record storm surge of 13.7 feet (4.17m) into lower Manhattan, flooding seven New York subway tunnels. And it could take up to four days to get the water out of the flooded NY subway tunnels, according to Metro Transit Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz.
In lower Manhattan, utility workers were trapped for three hours by rising floodwaters inside a power substation and had to be rescued by firefighters in inflatable boats.
A boat rests on the tracks at Metro-North's Ossining Station on the Hudson Line in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in New York in this MTA handout photo taken on October 30, 2012. (Reuters/MTA/Handout)
A resident looks over the remains of burned homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of New York, October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Keith Bedford)
Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
People take pictures of the flooded Plaza Shops under One New York Plaza in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
The aftermath of flooding following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
A dead deer is pictured with driftwood and debris left by a combination of storm surge from Hurricane Sandy and high tide in Southampton, New York October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
A flooded street in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn is viewed after the city awakens to the affects of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)
A flooded street in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn is viewed after the city awakens to the affects of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. (pencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)
A darkened Manhattan is viewed after much of the city lost electricity due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)
Flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy over run cars in New York's lower east side, October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy began battering the U.S. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
Highways, public transit and bridges were closed early on Monday. The city's public schools will remain closed Tuesday, as will the New York Stock Exchange. Some of the city's universities and museums have opted to shut their doors until further notice as well.
Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey coastline with 80mph (129kph) winds Monday night and continued to sustain that power moving further along the Eastern Coastline. A total of 16 deaths have been reported thus far nationwide.
A security guard walks through a flooded street in the financial district of Manhattan, New York October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
A flooded street, caused by Hurricane Sandy, is seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
Customers and staff ride out Hurricane Sandy together by candle light at the Greenwich Village restaurant French Roast in New York, October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
A man wades through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York, October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the northeastern United States. (Reuters/Gary He)
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