As the storm closed in, a crane dangled precariously in the wind off a 65-story luxury building in New York City, and the streets were cleared as a precaution.
The storm washed away an old section of the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and left most of the city’s emptied-out streets under water. All 12 casinos in the city were closed, and some 30,000 people were under orders to evacuate.
“This is a very powerful storm and it is going to be hitting landfall at around 6 p.m.,” Feerick said. “The rain will be with us for quite some time.”
Feerick said rainfall could total up to 8 inches in some spots, but he doesn’t expect major flooding in the Susquehanna River.
“There will be some localized flooding,” he said. “We are expecting the major flooding to be to our south.”
12:13 p.m. Monday
NEW YORK — Waves splashed over the sea walls at the southern tip of Manhattan, already at Hurricane Irene levels Monday hours before the worst of a mammoth storm was to hit the nation's largest city with a wall of water that could reach 11 feet.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed two key tunnels to downtown Manhattan after the city shut its mass transit system, stock exchanges, schools and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Sandy's storm surge. While light rain fell steadily and New Yorkers still bustled on the streets, Cuomo warned residents to get out of the way.
12:05 p.m. Monday
LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital announced this morning that all hospital services are open and available to patients today.
The status of hospital services will be evaluated and announced as the situation develops, administrators said.
Announcements will be made through the local media and Facebook. Patients with procedures scheduled for Tuesday will be contacted should the procedure be cancelled.
“I want to assure the community that Evangelical is ready for this storm and is committed to providing the very best in patient care even in the worst of conditions,” said Michael N. O’Keefe, Hospital CEO.
“Our employees regularly practice emergency response drills and have developed extensive plans for such occasions. We want to encourage everyone to take every precaution to keep you and your loved ones safe.”
The hospital is equipped with sufficient back-up power supply to keep all essential equipment operational and arrangements are being made to maintain appropriate staffing levels.