This morning, residents along the East Coast are waking up to a nightmare. There are 16 confirmed fatalities, nearly 7 million are without power, NYU Medical Center was forced to evacuate 200 patients, 50 houses in New York City are on fire and many cities are underwater.
Five in New York, three in New Jersey, two in Maryland, two in Connecticut, two in Pennsylvania, one in West Virginia, and one from the HMS Bounty replica are among the fatalities. One death in Canada has also been confirmed.
Nearly every surface Sandy touched is covered with water, fire, debris, ice or snow.
Overnight, NYU Medical Center lost power and its back-up generator failed. Two Hundred patients, including 45 critical care and neonatal patients, had to be transferred to other local hospitals.
Thousands of gallons of water flooded New York’s subway system, tunnels and Ground Zero.
For the second day in a row and for the second time in more than 100 years, the New York Stock Exchange is closed.
While the worst of the storm is over, high winds and snow will continue to pummel the East Coast.
In West Virginia, 11 counties are under blizzard warning until 6 p.m. today. I-68 is closed between Exit 15 and the Maryland line due to snow conditions.
“Superstorm Sandy is dumping a lot of snow. Just a few of the measurements so far: Webster County, West Virginia, 17 inches; Fayette County, West Virginia, 15 inches; Bowden, West Virginia, 14 inches; Canvas, West Virgina, 12 inches; Summersville, West Virginia, 10 inches; Mount Davis, Pennsylvania, 9 inches,” CNN reported.
CDL Life will continue to bring you updates as they become available.
Check the road conditions in your area:
Connecticut Emergency Management – http://www.ct.gov/demhs/site/default.asp
Connecticut Road Closures – http://www.dotdata.ct.gov/iti/master_iti.html
Maryland Emergency Management – http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/homeEmergency_hurricane.aspx
Maryland Road Closures – http://www.md511.org/
Massachusetts Emergency Management – http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/
Massachusetts Road Closures – http://mass511.com/preferences.sws
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/
New Jersey Road Closures – http://www.511nj.org/
New York Emergency Management – http://www.dhses.ny.gov/
New York Road Closures – http://www.511ny.org/
Pennsylvania Emergency Management – http://www.pema.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pema_home/4463
Pennsylvania Road Closures – http://www.511pa.com/
Virginia Emergency Management – http://www.vaemergency.gov/
Virginia Road Closures – http://www.511virginia.org/