Liveblog: Hurricane Sandy’s Terrible Toll

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A flooded street in Dumbo. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Hurricane Sandy is gone, but she leaves tremendous devastation in her wake. Here's what we woke up to Wednesday morning:

At least 22 are dead in New York City, and 22 percent of the city is still without power. (It's up to 90 percent in Long Island.) Six are dead in New Jersey, and 2.5 million are without power. Consolidated Edison says it may be another week before power is restored to all customers.

The subway system remains totally closed thanks to the worst disaster in its 108-year history. All buses are running for free. JFK and Newark airports have taken their first arrivals this morning, while LaGuardia remains closed. Mayor Bloomberg will ring the New York Stock Exchange's opening bell this morning, and Nasdaq will also reopen.

President Obama will view storm damage in New Jersey this afternoon with Governor Chris Christie.

The price tag of all this so far? An estimated $20 billion.

 After the Deluge: Hurricane Sandy’s Terrible Toll(10/30/2012) 
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10:23
Adam Pasick: 
We're signing off on the live blog. Stay tuned to Daily Intel on the web and on Twitter for updates.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:23 Adam Pasick
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David Axelrod's mustache is in mortal danger. nym.ag/TmLV8P pic.twitter.com/9fHtSmI8
Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:17 DailyIntel
10:05
RT @joehagansays: "Sulzberger is backing his man unreservedly." Is incoming CEO Mark Thompson the new Judy Miller? nytimes.com/2012/10/30/opi…
Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:05 DailyIntel
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WATCH: Go inside Breezy Point's burned-out homes, the NY town devastated by a wind-fueled inferno: mojo.ly/Rssuzb via @ClimateDesk
Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:46 MotherJones
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The State of the City: where we stand two days after the storm. nym.ag/Sk6xjX
Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:40 DailyIntel
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Oh, the humanity! RT @zseward: Sandy horror stories: hedge funder forced to drink $1000 Bordeaux after power goes out bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-3…
Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:33 Adampasick
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The president is headed to New Jersey for some quality bro time with BFF Chris Christie. They'll survey storm damage. nym.ag/XZrzbD
Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:25 DailyIntel
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Mitik the baby walrus weathered the storm just fine. But some lab mice at NYU weren't so lucky. nym.ag/PlAMJa
Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:11 DailyIntel
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Adam Martin: 
We're signing off for the night. Thanks for reading. Check back on Wednesday morning for more coverage.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:03 Adam Martin
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Adam Martin: 
The New Jersey National Guard has arrived in Hoboken to help get aid to the city of 50,000, half of which flooded in the storm, per the AP. "Guard members will use high-wheeled vehicles to help evacuate residents and deliver supplies to flooded areas in the mile-square city."
Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:03 Adam Martin
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Adam Martin: 
Gothamist reports power has been restored to parts of Brooklyn after it went out on Tuesday night. "Appears that the problem started with a transformer overload on the Sheepshead Bay network. ConEd shut down the whole line to prevent further cascade before they fixed it." Glad that's over. The image below, of a blacked out Brooklyn, comes courtesy of John Anderson, @diymediadotnet on Twitter.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:59 Adam Martin
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Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:58 
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Adam Martin: 
It's not the worst news from the storm, but there's something so frustrating about Daily reporter Justin Silverman's tweet that someone who lives in the building that lost its facade, "told me she was pickpocketed today at Ray's on Houston." Ugh. Also: Pickpocketing? Throw in some long lines at city pay phones and it starts to look like some real 1980s reversion today.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:33 Adam Martin
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Adam Martin: 
Whoa, creepy: Up in New Haven, somebody found a human skeleton under a tree that had been upended in the storm.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:15 Adam Martin
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Adam Martin: 
As of Tuesday night, the Brooklyn-Battery, Queens Midtown, and Holland tunnels are closed, as are the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, according to this handy list at NBC New York.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:22 Adam Martin
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Shashank Tripathi, AKA @ComfortablySmug just resigned from campaign of Christopher Wight, House candidate, after being revealed by Buzz Feed
Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:16 jonathanweisman
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Adam Martin: 
Some green shoots as the city sorts itself out: New York Daily News reports that the Brooklyn Nets' first game at Barclays Center, scheduled for Thursday against the Knicks, will go ahead as planned. Hopefully the subways will be able to take at least some people there, as there's no parking to speak of, aside from streetside in the neighborhood. Also, unrelated, but hopeful: Mayor Bloomberg plans to ring the opening bell when the NYSE reopens on Wednesday.

Unfortunately there's also some bad news as people in Midwood, Brooklyn are tweeting they're just now losing power, 24 hours after the storm made landfall.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:01 Adam Martin
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Adam Martin: 
Welcome back. The latest numbers describing the storm's effects are astounding: At least 50 deaths have been attributed to the storm, according to the Associated Press, including 18 in New York City, per NY1. More than 8.2 million customers in 17 states were without power, including nearly 2 million in New York, according to the AP.

On a more hopeful note, CBS reports that JFK and Newark airports are expected to open Wednesday afternoon, though LaGuardia will remain closed.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:23 Adam Martin
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@aquale Thank you! Really appreciate it.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 7:07 DailyIntel
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Adam Pasick: 
We're signing off for a quick break; We'll be back around 9 ET with updates throughout the evening.

Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:35 Adam Pasick
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Joe Coscarelli: 
In an update this evening, Mayor Bloomberg spoke once again about attempts to get the city back to normal, announcing the return of the sanitation department tonight and the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow. Schools and the criminal courts will remain closed for now, but the NYC Marathon is still scheduled for Sunday.

As for Halloween, Bloomberg dropped the good news that the Village Parade is not canceled, as previously reported, but postponed until some time next week. "We encourage children and adults to enjoy Halloween," he added, "but use good judgement."

The mayor also compared the damage in some areas of New York City to photos of World War II, and when asked about a visit from the president said, "I'm not trying to dis him, but I think the thing for him to do is to be in New Jersey. We'd love to have him, but we have lots of things to do."
Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:12 Joe Coscarelli
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"Stay away from city parks. They are closed until further notice." – Mayor Bloomberg
Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:00 DailyIntel
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Bloomberg says trading will resume at the NYSE at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:57 DailyIntel
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Mayor Bloomberg holding a press conference with updates on the storm. Watch live here: nyc.gov/html/om/html/l…
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:55 DailyIntel
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Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:47 
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Diane Sawyer surveys the water damage at a Path Train station downtown:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:46 Joe Coscarelli
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Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:45 
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Joe Coscarelli: 
It could've been much worse at Penn Station if not for this Aqua Dam:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:30 Joe Coscarelli
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Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:30 
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A trampoline in power lines. A rollercoaster in the ocean. Those and five other things displaced by the storm: nym.ag/ScksrD
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:28 DailyIntel
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Joe Coscarelli: 
This handsome man is doing his part to aid in the recovery effort:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:19 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:19 
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Joe Coscarelli: 
For the first time in its nearly forty year history, the Village Halloween Parade has been canceled. Get ready for a lot of aimless drunk people on Wednesday.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:15 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Is lying on Twitter during an emergency illegal? We have no idea, but City Council member Peter Vallone is threatening to talk to District Attorney Cy Vance over last night's fake news from Twitter troll and notorious former Daily Intel commenter ComfortablySmug:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:05 Joe Coscarelli
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RT @bySamRo: GOLDMAN SACHS: If You Need To Recharge Your Phone, Stop By Our Headquarters read.bi/Q4P4zc
Tuesday October 30, 2012 5:03 DailyIntel
4:38
So what happened to all the rats in the subway? bit.ly/SaNyHt
Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:38 DailyIntel
4:31
We're no experts, but this Brown student's explanation of the hurricane seems pretty convincing: nym.ag/SfDiyG
Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:31 DailyIntel
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Good to know: "No power outages on Rikers last night. No significant flooding or disruption of our operations. The [DOC Commissioner Dora Schriro] spent the night there."
Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:23 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Speaking this afternoon at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., President Obama told victims of the storm, "America is with you."

"During the darkness of the storm, I think we also saw what's brightest in America," he said. "We saw nurses at NYU Hospital carrying fragile newborns to safety; we've seen incredibly brave firefighters in Queens waist-deep in water battling infernos and rescuing people in boats. … That kind of spirit of resilience and strength, but most importantly looking out for one another, that's why we always bounce back from these kind of disasters."

You can watch the rest of the speech here:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:05 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli: 
A couple was reportedly killed late last night by a falling tree in Ditmas Park while walking their dog. The victims have been identified as Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, both 23-years-old.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:51 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli: 
A "national unwatering SWAT team is on its way to New York and we need them very badly," said Governor Cuomo. Sounds promising!
Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:36 Joe Coscarelli
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@TheRickWilson Don't worry, it's coming.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:17 DailyIntel
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Joe Coscarelli: 
This is what the Whitehall Street subway station in Lower Manhattan looks like, via the MTA Flickr:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:10 Joe Coscarelli
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Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:09 
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Romney held a campaign ral—um, a "Storm Relief Event" in Ohio today. nym.ag/Sc0iOu
Tuesday October 30, 2012 3:03 DailyIntel
2:58
Obama at Red Cross: "This storm is not yet over." Adds: "My message to the federal government: No bureaucracy. No red tape."
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:58 peterbakernyt
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimming champion and current events/spelling master:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:55 Joe Coscarelli
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Breaking: Obama to NJ tomorrow "will join Gov. Christie in viewing the storm damage, talking w/ citizens who are recovering from the storm"
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:53 samsteinhp
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Joe Coscarelli: 
The Associated Press puts the current death toll at 38 people in the United States, including 17 in New York state. In the Caribbean, the storm has killed at least 69 people.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:33 Joe Coscarelli
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RT @patrickdehahn: AP: At Red Cross, Obama warns of more flooding caused by Sandy: 'This storm is not yet over'
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:32 DailyIntel
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Michael "Brownie" Brown, the director of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina, chimed in yesterday with the growing chorus of those politicizing the storm, questioning President Obama for acting too quickly. "One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in … Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" said Brown, just putting it out there. "Why was this so quick? … At some point, somebody's going to ask that question. ... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."

Our own Jonathan Chait has a different view: "Why Democrats Are Right to Politicize Sandy."
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:24 Joe Coscarelli
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President Obama will make remarks shortly from the Red Cross where he just arrived, per pool report.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:20 DailyIntel
2:20
Dan Amira: 
The wild ponies of Virginia's Assateague Island are safe. Phew. 
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:20 Dan Amira
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Dan Amira: 
Mayor Bloomberg expects subway service to be out for up to four or five days
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:02 Dan Amira
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Governor Cuomo announced this afternoon that limited bus service will resume in New York City by 5 p.m. today, and rides will be free through tomorrow. "Basically, a Sunday schedule," he said. "Hopefully tomorrow, there will be full service on the buses." 

JFK Airport is expected to reopen tomorrow, while "extensive damage" will keep LGA closed for now.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 2:02 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Shoddy cell-phone service around Manhattan is also making for a rare scene around Union Square, via Instagram:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:57 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli
Pay phones work, apparently.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:57 
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Joe Coscarelli: 
Air travel may also be in for a long recovery period based on this blog post from Jet Blue and the scene from the tarmac at La Guardia:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:46 Joe Coscarelli
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Joe Coscarelli
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:46 
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Joe Coscarelli
A taxi yard underwater in Hoboken.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:33 
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Even if he doesn't "give a damn about presidential politics," Gov. Christie's probably not doing Romney any favors. nym.ag/TTO4zc
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:25 DailyIntel
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@mollierachel NBC New York posted a photo from a different angle: on.fb.me/TTLAky as did a local reporter: pic.twitter.com/4FFT2Uj3
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:12 DailyIntel
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Joe Coscarelli: 
The MTA's Flickr feed provides a window into the mess the city will be forced to clean up in the coming days in order to get things moving again. At the Metro-North station in Ossining, on the Hudson Line, a boat sits on the tracks:
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:09 Joe Coscarelli
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Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:09 
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RT @DailyIntel: There's a rollercoaster in the ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ: instagram.com/p/RaVIucivlq/ (via @michaelhayes)
Tuesday October 30, 2012 1:02 DailyIntel
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Gotta say, @DailyIntel is killing it today. Why Democrats Are Right to Politicize Sandy bit.ly/SeEL8v
Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:59 mollierachel
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RT @sarahlphillips: @No_Need :( RT @DailyIntel: There's a rollercoaster in the ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ: instagram.com/p/RaVIucivlq/
Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:59 No_Need
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The storm brought out a lot of idiots. Here are a few: nym.ag/TS8Ucd
Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:59 DailyIntel
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Eve Taylor: 
The New York Stock Exchange is hoping to be back at it on Wednesday, but is working on a back-up plan "just in case," according to COO Larry Leibowitz. "As of now, we are shooting hard to open tomorrow and fully expect to do so," he said.

In the meantime, here's our guide for Wall Streeters attempting to work from home.

12:10
Mayor Bloomberg says the city’s two biggest challenges are now resuming mass transit and restoring power to 750,000 New Yorkers.
“Make no mistake about it,” he said, “this may be the most devastating we’ve ever experienced."

Bloomberg estimated the subways will be closed for three to five days. There is “extensive flooding” in all tunnels running under rivers and public transit remains closed “until further notice.” While there is no firm timeline for restoration, Bloomberg said there may be limited bus service this afternoon and buses may be fully restored by Wednesday as bridges and roadways are cleared. All airports are closed with their runways flooded.

Without mass transit, Bloomberg issued an executive order to let cab drivers pick up multiple passengers. Livery and black cars can take street hails until mass transit is restored.

Can’t work today? The mayor would like you to volunteer at emergency shelters where 6,100 people are temporarily living.
(Not to disappoint, Bloomberg summed it all up en español.)

10:56 a.m.: NY1 reports the Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn bridges have reopened.

10:40 a.m.: Will New York depend on Congress to act? Marc Ambinder says the feds will need to pass an emergency spending bill to authorize billions in clean-up money for the city (not to mention the rest of the Eastern Seaboard). At the same time, Congress and the president (whoever that is) will have to resolve the Bush tax cuts, sequestration, and the debt ceiling — the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

10:13 a.m.: ConEd is working to restore power to the stock exchange before the rest of Manhattan. Wall Street wins again.

9:43 a.m.: NY1 reports that Governor Cuomo has reopened bridges only to emergency and medical personnel except the Tappan Zee, which is open to all. The Lincoln Tunnel remains open.
Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:54 Eve Taylor