Barreling through New York City late last night, post-tropical storm Sandy caused widespread damage and power outages. Eighteen storm-related deaths – so far – have also been reported across the city’s five boroughs.
Powerful winds – with gusts reaching 79 mph – toppled countless trees and helped create a record storm surge of 13.88 feet in lower Manhattan. As a result, streets flooded and the subway tunnels were inundated with water. In addition, the encroaching seawater shorted out power substations, leaving a large part of southern Manhattan in the dark.
The city’s outer boroughs were also seriously battered in this storm. Many homes and businesses in the low lying coastal areas of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx were damaged or destroyed by unprecedented flooding.
The extensive damage from Sandy is still being assessed, but officials say this storm may be the worst in New York City’s history.