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As you might have heard, Hurricane Sandy was absolutely brutal as it plowed through the New York City area. It left hundreds of thousands (maybe millions at this point) of people without power. Amelia is one of those affected. She’s fine, reading by candlelight, I presume, with Lucca at her feet, eating non-perishables. Jessica, Julie, Winona and I will be doing our best to keep things afloat in her absence.

I thought I would be drinking wine and watching Netflix last night, but with everything that was going on, I was way too anxious and shaken up to relax. Below, a round up of some of what went down here. I will keep updating it as much as I can. Please let us know about what’s going on in your neck of the woods in the comments. We hope everyone is safe and sound. Update: After the jump, notes from Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference this morning.

  • Update: Mayor Bloomberg gave a press conference this morning and said power will be out  in the affected areas of NYC (mostly lower Manhattan and Brooklyn) for the next two or three days.  Yikes!  Public transportation will be cancelled until further notice. The death toll is currently at 10 people in New York City, Bloomberg said, and expected to rise. The good news, however, is the partially collapsed, dangling crane is stable and secured.
  • Over 50 homes caught on fire in the Breezy Point section of Queens. [NY Daily News]
  • NYC’s 108-year-old subway system “has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night” according to MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. It’s unclear how long it will be before our subway system is functional again. [MTA Info]
  • Con Ed confirmed that as of 1:30 am Tuesday, 634,000 customers in New York City and Westchester were without power. Con Ed, fearing damage to its electrical equipment, shut down power pre-emptively in sections of Lower Manhattan on Monday evening, and then, at 8:30 pm, an unplanned failure, probably caused by flooding in substations, knocked out power to most of Manhattan below Midtown, about 250,000 customers. Later, an explosion at a Con Ed substation on East 14th Street knocked out power to another 250,000 customers. Video of the explosion is horrifying. [Gothamist]
  • Lydia Calas, Mayor Bloomberg’s sign language translator, is now a star. [Sign Language Lady]
  • #Instacane is the story of Hurricane Sandy told through Instagram. It’s pretty amazing. [instacane]
  • The facade of a building sheared right off on 8th Avenue. It looks like a post-apocalyptic doll house. [Gothamist]
  • The flooding around the NYC area is massive. Here are some pictures. [Gothamist]
  • A backup generator failed at NYU Langone Hospital and Brooklyn, Coney Island Hospital. Patients had to be evacuated in the dark. [New York Times]
  • The only place that was not legitimately flooded was the NYSE. CNN bungled that one. [Carbonated TV]
  • The New York Times Tracking the Storm blog is one part informative, one part ridiculous. [New York Times]
  • A partially collapsed crane is dangling over a major building on West 57th Street. [TIME]
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