As Hurricane Sandy made landfall, Lower Manhattan began to experience flooding in parts with power out in several areas.
Images of Lower Manhattan with rivers in the streets, cars floating away like so much flotsam, have been spotted on Twitter, and it appears that the devastation in New York City is far more wide-ranging than anyone could have predicted.
Twitter is awash in reports about not just Lower Manhattan, but Midtown as well, being covered in flood water ahead of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, and unconfirmed reports have suggested that fires have been sighted in subway tunnels along with extensive flooding that could knock out Manhattan’s mass transit system for at least a week.
While the extent of the Hurricane Sandy flooding in Lower Manhattan and uptown remains to be fully witnesses (we’re sure more images will flood in over the next 24 hours), it has also been reported that major New York City hospital Bellevue may be struggling with generators and a power outage.
CNN’s Piers Morgan reports that a building on 8th Avenue has collapsed this evening and says:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2012
Mother Jones reported the fires in subway tunnels, tweeting:
Massive flooding in Lower Manhattan. Fires in subway tunnels. ALL RESIDENTS ordered inside. Stay Safe NYC, we love you. #sandy
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 30, 2012
Some reports say the National Guard is rescuing people in Lower Manhattan:
National Guard trucks have moved in to lower Manhattan; Pearl & Whitehall streets underwater; SI Ferry Terminal also underwater. (@cnbc)
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 30, 2012
Twitpics reveal a darkened skyline in the NYC ghost town as Sandy hits:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 30, 2012
And the city’s famed West Village has gone dark as well:
— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) October 30, 2012
Midtown Manhattan is also experiencing some flooding, and a user tweets:
Not just lower Manhattan – this is 34th and 1st i104.photobucket.com/albums/m166/ow…
— Shamir Karkal (@shamir_k) October 30, 2012
Reports also confirmed that the Battery Tunnel was completely flooded.