Latest Update from Mayor’s Office
Here’s the latest update from the Mayor’s Office, via Andrew Olsen, Brooklyn Director of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.
In addition to the information below, we are sorry to report that the Park Slope Halloween Parade has been cancelled due to the need to deploy NYPD and Department of Sanitation personnel to post-hurricane cleanup and safety duty, and it will not be rescheduled.
The worst of Hurricane Sandy has passed, we are continuing emergency operations, and have begun assessing the damage from the storm. Here is the latest information:
There are more than 750,000 customers (Con Ed and LIPA combined) without power as of 11am Tuesday.
The steam system in Manhattan south of 42nd Street was shut down as a preventative step by Con Ed. This affects heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems for hospitals.
Power may be out in some places for 2-3 days.
Time Warner Cable: There are substantial outages (both partial and complete) in Brooklyn and Manhattan
Verizon: Parts of Lower Manhattan have landline outages
MTA: The full system is still shut down until further notice. The storm substantially impacted the subway network and the agency is working hard to restore service. Limited bus service will resume at 5pm today.
There were 23 serious fires in New York City last night and this morning related to the storm.
There are 10 confirmed deaths in the city related to the storm.
People should stay away from power lines, parks, damaged trees, beaches, boardwalks and seawalls. People have lost their lives.
We have already received over 4,000 fallen/damaged tree requests, mostly in Queens.
911 should only be used in case of emergencies.
To report other conditions such as fallen trees and sewer backups, please use 311 Online, text 311 at 311-692, or call 311.
Fallen trees are incredibly dangerous. Anyone who sees one should report it immediately.
Power outages and live wires should be directly reported to Con Ed (1-800-75-CON-ED) or LIPA (1-800-490-0075).
Public schools will be closed on Wednesday 10/31.
NYU Medical Center is continuing to evacuate the facility.
Coney Island Hospital has begun evacuations.
We are monitoring the power needs at Bellevue Hospital.
New York Downtown and the Manhattan VA Hospital were both evacuated before the storm.
We are coordinating with 53 other healthcare facilities that are sheltering-in-place about water levels, staffing, and structural issues.
East River bridges are open.
We are working to clear our roadways. Anyone else who is on the road is impeding our ability to conduct an efficient cleanup. People should still stay off the roads.
Extensive flooding and downed trees are widespread problems in all boroughs. Emergency services crews are clearing these obstructions as quickly as possible.
Mass transit is still fully shut down.
All flights are canceled at JFK, LGA, EWR.
Alternate side parking and muni meters are suspended.
Our 76 shelters will stay open today and we will continue to keep them open until those displaced by the storm can return home or find temporary housing.
More than 6,100 New Yorkers are in our emergency shelters now.
More than 2,200 City staff are working in those shelters now to support the evacuees.
326 NYCHA buildings have no power, with approximately 29,000 total units in those buildings.
We are assessing damage at NYCHA buildings throughout the system.
Water & Sewer:
NYC drinking water is safe.
The Department of Environmental Protection is responding to reports of sewer backups and flooding.
A coastal flood warning is in effect until 3pm today.
Sustained winds will blow through the day, however we do not expect them to rise above 40 mph.
Surges from the storm have lessened, with a projected surge at the Battery today of 8 to 8.5 feet. Last night’s peak at the Battery was 13.88 feet.
Less than an inch of rain is expected today.
For the latest updates, New Yorkers can:
Visit the NYC Severe Weather site on NYC.gov
Follow @nycmayorsoffice Twitter
Sign up for notifications from Notify NYC
Thanks, and we will be in touch as we go through this recovery process.
Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson