Sandy brought a record-breaking storm surge, flooding tunnels and subway stations and forcing an evacuation of lower Manhattan.

Strong winds and rain accompanied Sandy as it made landfall in New Jersey’s Ocean City, which became a vast expanse of water. A CNN reporter braved difficult conditions to report on the scene.

CNN Reporter
This water, this is ocean water, there are waves in the streets of downtown Atlantic City.

At around 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Oct. 29, Sandy made landfall in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

CNN Reporter
Part of the city has been evacuated. New York City is under siege right now from Sandy. It’s even hard to talk now. 

Sandy has led many New Yorkers to begin fearing the destructive power of hurricanes.

A Lower Manhattan Con Ed substation suddenly exploded into flames twice, lighting up a Manhattan night that was otherwise plunged into darkness. The power company could not determine the exact cause of the explosion but said it was related to Sandy. It predicted that it would take up to a week to fully repair the damage.

It wasn’t just New York affected by the storm as much of New England and the Northeast experienced large-scale power outages. A total of 12 states plus Washington DC were without power. The outage affected 650 million people, who were still without electricity.

However, the power outage is just one part of the much larger weather related disaster.

Packing an average wind speed of 120 kilometers per hour, Sandy brought a record breaking 4-meter high storm surge that swept over the embankments on the East River and the Hudson River, causing havoc on nearby streets and communities. For the first time in a century the New York Subway saw seven of its lines closed because of flooding. And Manhattan was cut off from neighboring areas such as New Jersey when many bridges and tunnels were closed.

Sandy has also paralyzed travel on the US East Coast, leading to a cancellation of some 7,000 flights. It’s estimated that nearly 20 percent of the US population has felt the effects of this devastating storm.


桑蒂在美東的新澤西州登陸。首當其衝就是全美第一大城、紐約。除了海邊掀起破紀錄的風暴潮,市區多處淹水之外,還有一座變電所大爆炸,釀成大規模停電。多個聯外橋樑、隧道也被迫關閉,交通大亂。

夾帶狂風暴雨的颶風桑蒂發威,美國新澤西州海洋市成了汪洋一片,記者泡在大水中連線。

[[CNN記者]] 
“這些全是海水,在亞特蘭大市中心捲起大浪”

颶風桑蒂在美東時間29日晚間8點前後,由德拉瓦州、新澤西州、馬里蘭州間的切薩皮克灣登陸。

[[CNN主播]]
“部份紐約市已經開始疏散,桑蒂正逼近紐約市,現在要講話都很困難”

隨後,紐約開始感受到颶風的威脅。

曼哈頓下城的愛迪生聯合電力公司變電所,在桑蒂席捲紐約的這一晚,突然爆炸。變電所先後兩度爆出驚人的閃光,瞬間打亮整個市區,緊接著曼哈頓就陷入一片黑暗。電力公司還無法確定,爆炸跟颶風是否有關,但最多恐怕要一個星期,才能完全修復損壞。

事實上,不只是紐約,整個美東新英格蘭地區,都出現大規模停電,12州加上華府,總共有650萬人,沒電可用。

但斷電只不過是一部份的災情而已。

挾帶平均每小時120公里的風速,桑蒂掀起四公尺高、破紀錄的風暴潮,衝破東河和哈德遜的提防,灌進沿岸街道和社區。紐約地鐵,上百年來第一次,有七條線的隧道進水關閉。通往周圍市區以及新澤西州的聯外橋樑、隧道,有好幾條淹水關閉,使曼哈頓宛如孤島。

桑蒂同時癱瘓了美東空中交通,近七千個航班取消。預料約是全美五分之一的人口,都得忍受桑蒂帶來的大混亂。



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