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Tracking the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway

People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens. (Getty) Credit: People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens. (Getty)

6:45 p.m. Cuomo announces Queens-Midtown Tunnel will open Tuesday for buses. One lane of the south tube will open for Manhattan bound buses only between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and for Queens bound buses only between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order allowing all NYers to vote by affidavit ballot at any polling site, for the presidential race and U.S. Senate race.

5:20 p.m. DFS instructed insurers to waive on-site inspection and accept homeowners' documentation of losses by photo and video: Cuomo


No. 4 and 5 trains traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Full service on 6 and 7 trains. More subway service expected to resume later on the D, F, M and J trains.


5:21 p.m. NYC Marathon cancelled


6:27 p.m. Limited M service began this afternoon from Jamaica Center along Queens Boulevard, through 63rd St. tunnel to 34th St: Cuomo

6:23 p.m. Holland Tunnel will be open to buses Friday: Cuomo


3:30 p.m. Mayor says only cars with 3 or more passengers will be allowed on East River bridges or the Lincoln Tunnel between 6 a.m. and midnight. Also, announced that schools will be closed Thursday and Friday and the Knicks-Nets game at Barclays Center on Thursday is postponed

1:15 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said subway service would resume in some capacity on 14 of the 23 subway lines on Thursday morning. No trains will run south of 34th Street.

There will be 330 buses set up to bridge the train gaps and get people between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Those buses will be leaving from Barclays Center, MetroTech and Hewes Street stations.

Subways expected to resume Thursday include:

- The Nos. 1 and 2 trains will run from the Bronx to Times Square.

- No. 4 trains will run from Woodlawn to Grand Central and from Borough Hall and New Lots Ave.

- No. 5 trains will run express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

- No. 6 trains will run between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central.

- The 42nd Street Shuttle will run. The Brooklyn shuttles will not run.

- A trains will run between 168th Street and Penn Station and between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

- D trains will run between 205th Street and Herald Square and Between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Parkway.

- F trains will run between 179th Street and Herald Square and between Jay Street/MetroTech and Avenue X.

- J trains will run between Jamaica and Hewes Street.

- L trains run between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway.

- M trains will run between Myrtle Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue.

- N trains will run between Ditmars Blvd and Herald Square.

- R trains will run between Jay Street/MetroTech and 95th Street.

- The B, C, E, G, Q, No. 3 and No. 7 lines will be suspended.

Metro North will be returning in limited service with some hourly trains on the 
Harlem Line. There are hopes of having some LIRR service running by Thursday morning.

12:30 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says: MTA resuming limited service on commuter rails; "limited" subway service to start on Thursday. No specifics yet on subways, and no trains below 34th Street.

9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, as Wall Street reopens.

7 a.m. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports reopened with limited service.


10 p.m. Thursday night's Knicks-Nets game at Barclays Center will be played as scheduled, the NBA says.

6 p.m. Power for many in NYC might not return until the weekend, the mayor says. About 36,000 in Brooklyn and 8,500 in Manhattan lost power from preemptive shutdownsBloomberg says Marathon on Sunday will go on. Full service on buses expected Wednesday; fares will be collected.

5:30 p.mGov. Cuomo has finished a tour of lower Manhattan, NBC/4 reports, including the Battery Tunnel, which still has some flooding.

5:35 p.m. Death toll from Sandy in NYC at 18, officials say

5 p.m. Mayor's office cancels annual Halloween parade scheduled for Wednesday. it will be rescheduled, likely for next week

1:50 p.m. News12 reports "at least one person was killed in Ditmas Park after getting pinned underneath an uprooted tree."

1:15 p.m. President Barack Obama declared that New York City was a major disaster. Mayor Bloomberg, in his news conference, stated that seven subway tunnels are flooded under the East River and service will likely be out for 4-5 days. A fire in Breezy Point in Queens has burned at least 50 homes. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in his news conference that PATH trains connecting Manhattan and New Jersey could be out for 7-10 days. Area airports are closed and Amtrak, Metro North and Long Island Railroad are suspended. Schools are closed for Wednesday, including all after-school activities and athletic events. Alternative side parking and meter regulations are suspended for Wednesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said NYC bridges are now open, with the exception of the Rockaway bridges and some bus service has returned. 

11:01 a.m. East River Bridges reopen; limited bus service after 5 p.m.


11:05 p.m. ABC news reports that NYC officials have confirmed NYU Langone Medical Center is being evacuated because backup generators at the hospital have failed 

10:20 p.m. FDR in Manhattan and Belt Parkway in Brooklyn flooded

10:17 p.m. Both the Queens-Midtown and Battery Tunnels flooded

9:15 p.m.: Reports of transformer explosion on 14th Street

8:18 p.m. Power shut off in part of Lower Manhattan by Con Ed, to protect electrical equipment and allow for quick restoration after hurricane. Areas cut: The first is bounded by Frankfort Street to the north; William Street to the west; Wall Street to the South; and the East River. Second area: Bounded by Broadway to the west; Wall Street to the north and southern tip of Manhattan. (Reuters)

7:17 p.m. Water level at Battery Park now 11.25 feet: TWC

7:00 p.m. Sandy no longer a hurricane, now a "Post-Tropical Cyclone": NHC.

6:30 p.m. Wall of an apartment building near Union Square collapses.

- A falling tree limb in Brooklyn hits a fire truck.

6:00 p.m. About 47, 000 New Yorkers lose power.

5:43 Mayor Bloomberg: Jogger was hospitalized for running in Prospect Park and getting hit with a falling tree, will recover.

5:30 Officials announce all four East River bridges will close at 7 p.m.: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Ed Koch Queensboro Bridges.

4:08 p.m. Officials announce George Washington Bridge, Throggs Neck, Henry Hudson  and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will close at 7 p.m.

(Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, left: Getty Images)

4 p.m  Officials announce The East River Ferry service will remain closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30




2:32 p.m. FDNY responds to crane dangling off the roof of residential building One57 on 57th street and 6th avenue. (Photo: Ivan Pereira)








2 p.m. Tunnels closing (Photo: Holland Tunnel, below - Getty Images)

Officials announced that the Holland Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will close at 2 p.m. MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said there were no plans yet to close the Midtown Tunnel, but that the agency would monitor for flooding.








1 p.m. President Obama speaks about Hurricane Sandy (Photo: Getty)

President Obama urged people to listen to evacuation orders given by state and city officials as quickly as possible during a news conference about the storm.

“Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying,” he said. “If you are not evacuating when you are asked to evacuate, you’re putting first responders in danger.”

Asked about his decision to cancel campaign events for next week’s presidential election, Obama said, “I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election … The election will take care of itself next week.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also canceled campaign events scheduled for Monday night and Tuesday in Wisconsin, Florida and Iowa "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy," his campaign told Reuters.

11:30 a.m. Mayor Bloomberg News Conference (Photo by Kristen Artz/Office of the Mayor)

City public schools will remain closed on Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg announced, saying there is "no chance" mass transit would be back to normal. He warned any residents that have not followed mandatory evacuation orders in zone A to "leave immediately."

The mayor also said that "we've already had as much flooding along the FDR [Drive] ... as we did during Hurricane Irene."

10:15 a.m. Gov. Cuomo Storm Update

Gov. Cuomo urged New Yorkers to stay inside, even if the weather doesn’t look bad yet. "The worst is still coming," he said. "You do not need to be going to the beach to take pictures."

(Photo by Nancy Borowick)


9 p.m. Final bus routes

The MTA ended bus routes at 9 p.m.

7 p.m. Last subway run

MTA subways made their last run at 7 p.m. as the agency had a system-wide shutdown for the second time in its history; the first was last year for Hurricane Irene.

 (Subway station near Times Square closed/Photo by Getty Images)

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