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Superstorm Sandy (Hurricane) leaves destruction in Philadelphia; Frankenstorm was a monster in NJ PA
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/31/12 3:01 am | updated: 10/31/12 3:22 am
 
Superstorm-Hurricane Sandy has passed through the entire region leaving behind a path of destruction from the Jersey shore through the Philadelphia area. The storm itself is still lingering as a Nor'Easter, slowly moving north into New England. Frankenstorm lived up to its name. The hybrid storm delivered everything. It dropped up to 2 feet of snow in parts of West Virginia. Lower Manhattan in New York City is shut down as storm surge flooded out important parts of the infrastructure including transit, subway, and the electric grid. South Jersey coastal areas are devastated. Most shore towns experienced record flooding and beach erosion. Atlantic City was under water and lost parts of the north side of the Boardwalk. Long Beach Island was particularly hammered with the ocean meeting the bay in many locations. Some houses and buildings were swept away by the pounding surf. All around Philadelphia high winds have knocked over hundreds of trees and blew out innumerable branches resulting in widespread power outages, crushed cars, and damaged houses. The skies lit up Monday night with blue and green lights as transformers exploded.

As the storm moves out we can still expect some scattered showers overnight and occasional wind gusts, however, the bulk of the storm is gone. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has lifted the State of Emergency in the city. It's back to business tomorrow. City offices will be open on Wednesday, SEPTA is running service again (except regional rail), and Philadelphia Public and Archdiocesan schools will have class on Wednesday.

It is a different story in New Jersey. NJ Transit still has suspended service. Most shore towns are closed. That means you cannot go down to check on your beach house yet, they aren't letting you over the bridge for at least a few days. Gov. Chris Christie and President Obama will survey the damage in New Jersey on Wednesday. Christie called the devastation along the Jersey Shore “unthinkable”. He estimated that it would likely take months to recover from this massive storm. Many towns in NJ are even postponing Halloween trick-or-treating because of Sandy.

There are millions without power all over the area. PECO, PSE&G, PPL, and Atlantic Electric are working around the clock with hundreds of extra line and tree crews from around the country to get power restored to people as soon as possible. You should be prepared, however, that power may not get restored for a few days in some areas. Call your power company for status updates on your account. With residential power outages comes traffic and street light outages and that has made traveling around the area that much more dangerous. If you have to go out, be careful, there is still debris scattered about the roadways and fallen trees blocking some roads.

Some flights have resumed at Philadelphia International Airport. Check the status of your flight at phl.org. Amtrak is also running limited service along the Northeast Corridor. Trains into and out of New York City are still suspended. Check the status of trains at amtrak.com/alerts

President Obama had already signed the State of Emergency orders for New Jersey and Pennsylvania prior to the storm. Both states will be eligible for FEMA assistance. The big cleanup has already begun and likely will take many days if not weeks. In Pennsylvania, the biggest problem will be downed trees, limbs, and wires. In New Jersey, they have bigger problems at the shore where the ocean overtook the barrier islands leaving salt water and deep sand deposited throughout the streets and homes. Total storm damage could cost in the tens of billions of dollars.

 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/31 3:02 am
 
Boating through Ship Bottom, NJ


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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/31 3:03 am
 
Wind and Rain at it's height on Long Beach Island


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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/31 3:11 am
 
Cleanup in Huntingdon Valley, PA


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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/31 3:22 am
 
Large willow tree down in the winds from Hurricane Sandy in Bryn Athyn, PA

 

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