New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 90 percent of Long Island families are without electricity after Sandy ravaged the New York City metropolitan area. He says hundreds of lives were saved by New York City police, state police, National Guard soldiers and other first responders.
Cuomo says Tuesday that Sandy has been the inverse of the tropical storms Irene and Lee, which raked upstate and largely spared the metro area last year. This time the damage is concentrated around the city and its transit system.
He says he hopes Wall Street will open Wednesday, along with John F. Kennedy International Airport. LaGuardia Airport will remain closed because of extensive damage.
Buses will resume a limited Sunday schedule at 5 p.m. Tuesday.New York City's transit system suffered unprecedented damage, from the underground subway tunnels to commuter rails to bus garages.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday it was too soon to say how long the problems would take to fix. MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said the 108-year-old subway system "has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."The agency said all 10 subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were underwater during the storm. It said it will be pumping water Tuesday, but workers ultimately will have to walk hundreds of miles of track to inspect it. It's not clear how long that will take. Trains, however, were moved to safety before the storm. Parts of northern Brooklyn are littered with fallen trees. Many residents are out surveying the damage in Park Slope, Prospect Park and downtown Brooklyn early Monday morning. There is no street flooding but some blocks are closed due to fallen trees. Some people are jogging, walking their dogs or out with their children taking photos. Prospect Park and the surrounding streets look like a tree graveyard. There is heavy machinery nearby but no cleanup crews have been spotted. More than 400,000 homes and businesses across upstate New York are without power and about 2.2 million customers were without electricity across the state. There are more than 3,600 people at 76 shelters in New York City, which has 16,000 shelter beds; several other shelters open in Hudson Valley. There have been at least 10 deaths. Of the known dead, two children in North Salem, a man on Long Island and a man in Queens were all killed by falling trees, and a woman in Ulster County was killed when a roof blew into her windshield.
Officials say New York Aquarium on Coney Island experienced severe flooding from the storm. A spokeswoman for the Wildlife Conservation Society says the entire 14-acre facility was under water. She said it will assess the extent of the damage once the water recedes.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)