A downed tree crushed a parked car and blocks part of Fifth Avenue in New York City the morning after Hurricane …As the flood waters recede and the super storm makes its way inland, millions of people on the East Coast are still without power, trying to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
We know you're worrying about your friends in hard-hit areas, so Shine readers, please tell us: What are things like where you are?
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"This will be one for the record books," John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, told the Associated Press. More than 670,000 customers in and around New York City lost electricity and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day -- something that hasn't happened since 1888 -- as record-breaking storm surges sent seawater well into New York City, flooding streets and filling subway stations.
The storm made landfall along the New Jersey shore. In northern New Jersey, a possible levee breach flooded three towns with 4 to 5 feet of water.
"We are in rescue mode," Jeanne Baratta, chief of the Bergen County Executive, told Reuters as teams used boats and trucks to evacuate residents.
Even after the worst of the storm has passed, there's more to worry about than just cleaning up. With flooded roads, no power, and little access to emergency services in many areas, residents need to pay special attention to health and safety issues.
"Folks don't realize that this is the most dangerous time," Irene K. Asbury, a municipal prosecutor for the town of West New York, told Yahoo! Shine. "Your guard is down, you think your family is safe, the storm is over... then you step on a rusty nail, a branch falls on you during cleanup, or you wade through a puddle and there is a live wire."
Shine Readers, we want to hear from you: What's it like in your neighborhood right now?