Published On: Oct 30 2012 06:29:24 AM CDTUpdated On: Nov 01 2012 07:30:50 AM CDT
Wind blows across a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on Oct. 29, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie's emergency declaration shut down the city's casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate.
A man smokes a cigarette while watching flood waters caused by Hurricane Sandy from his driveway on Oct. 30, 2012 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
With only flashlights to light the way, New York University Langone Medical Center evacuated 260 patients, carrying some of them down 15 flights of stairs to awaiting ambulances ready to take them to the safety of other hospitals.
Sandy's winds ripped the front off a New York apartment building, exposing it like a dollhouse.
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a roller coaster is now surrounded by water.
Pieces of the famous pier line the beach.
Roads were washed out along the Eastern Seaboard.
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.
Officials worry that the broken boom could snap and plunge onto the streets below.
Crews are working to secure the damaged equipment.
A huge fire destroyed at least 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.
More than 190 firefighters tried to contain the blaze in the Breezy Point section and two people suffered minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said.
The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through the city earlier, officials said.
Firefighters told WABC-TV that the water was chest high on the street, and they had to use a boat to make rescues. They said in one apartment home, about 25 people were trapped in an upstairs unit, and the two-story home next door was ablaze and setting fire to the apartment's roof. Firefighters climbed an awning to get to the trapped people and took them downstairs to a boat in the street.
Video footage of the scene shows a hellish swath of tightly packed homes fully engulfed in orange flames as firefighters hauled hoses while sloshing in ankle-high water. Many homes appeared completely flattened by the wind-whipped flames. The neighborhood sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.
A man is rescued from floodwaters on the East Coast.
Rhode Island residents were also not spared from Sandy's powerful force.
Ted Wondsel of Point Lookout, owner of Ted's Fishing Station, assesses the Hurricane Sandy-caused damage on Oct. 30, 2012, in Long Beach, New York. Mike
Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow.
U.S. financial markets will remain closed for a second straight trading day Tuesday.
The full scale of Sandy's wrath has yet to be determined. But according to a government prediction, Sandy's wind damage alone could result in more than $7 billion in economic loss.
Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station through an elevator shaft.
Homes were flooded in Connecticut.
Hurricane Sandy's waves inundate the coast of southeastern Cuba.
Hurricane Sandy's waves Saturday morning along St. Augustine Beach.
Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast heading for landfall far to Jacksonville's north.