New York City Council candidate Corey Johnson has been an incomparable source of information in Sandy's aftermath. He was not only on location when the facade of a building broke off in Chelsea yesterday, but throughout the entire hurricane ordeal, he has kept everyone in New York City updated on damage, progress, and status of the recovery through his public Facebook page. I encourage you to "Like" his page and follow his updates. Also, follow him on Twitter at CoreyInNYC.
His latest update gives us the full range of what is going on in New York right now, available here:
NYC UPDATES --
Thank you to all of our first responders, police officers, firefighters, utility workers, volunteers and medical professionals who have been working non-stop the past 24 hours.
ConEd says power to be restored to all customers within 4 days. Very spotty cell service in Lower Manhattan or Dumbo. Texting seems to be working though.
Penn South / Mutual Redevelopment Houses in Chelsea has power because it runs off of generators and not ConEd.
The rest of Chelsea below 29th Street, the West Village, Greenwich Village and Soho are still without power.
Hell's Kitchen did not lose power. There is a shelter in Hell's Kitchen at the High School of Graphic Arts if anyone needs supplies, food, water or a charge for their phone.
Expect most subways to be down for the rest of the week; Some City buses now running with no fares (free) and busses will become more available starting at 5 PM.
23 fires still burning; 4,000+ trees reported down; 6,000+ in emergency shelters; LGA completely under water.
Over 80 homes were completely destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens from a massive fire.
Coney Island is still dealing with major flooding.
Queens Midtown, Holland and Battery Tunnels remained closed.
East River Bridges are open. Rockaway Bridges remained closed.
To volunteer to help the city clean up please email email@example.com.
ed note: Corey Johnson is Towleroad's former political director and has been a longtime friend and contributor to the site -mg
The building facade at 92 8th Avenue in Chelsea, above the Muscle Maker Grill, collapsed this evening, presumably due to winds from Hurricane Sandy. City Council candidate Corey Johnson (@coreyinnyc) shot the photo above.
"The water level at the Battery #NYC has reached 11.25 feet, surpassing the all-time record of 11.2 feet set in 1821," according to the Weather Channel.
Con Edison has begun shutting off power to parts of lower Manhattan to protect circuits and equipment.
Evangelical pastor John McTernan is calling for prayers of repentance and blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays in a rambling blog post:
Hurricane Sandy is hitting 21 years to the day of the Perfect Storm of October 20, 1991. I write about this in my book as America Has Done to Israel. This was the day that President George Bush Sr. initiated the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel, including Jerusalem. America has been under God’s judgment since this event. Both of these hurricanes were cause by freakish weather patterns that came together to create
Twenty-one years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection.
It appears that God gave America 21 years to repent of interfering with His prophetic plan for Israel; however, it has gotten worse under all the presidents and especially Obama. Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!
This monster storm aimed at America and ready to inflict severe damage during election week is not a coincidence. Hurricane Sandy may flood Washington, DC on election day! It is like the hurricane is a huge bucket of vomit in America’s face during the election. What a sign from the holy God of Israel that American politics is an abomination to Him. A pro-homosexual Mormon along with a pro-abortion/homosexual, Muslim Brotherhood promoter, Hard Left Fascist are running for president. And there is no cry of repentance from God’s people! I see this storm as a warning from the LORD to call His church to repentance, This might be the last call from the Holy God of Israel.
Info on McTernan's background here.
Halloween and Sandy are brewing a special kind of stir-craziness in D.C., NBC News reports.
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