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Subway Service to Be Restored; Power Outages, Flooding Remain

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Ilya Marritz/WNYC)

Officials said most subway service would be restored by 6 a.m. Monday while many who evacuated from flood-prone areas returned to their homes as the tri-state area began the clean-up in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

Hundreds of thousands remained without power Sunday evening in the aftermath of the storm that soaked the region and lashed it with high winds but packed less of a punch than originally feared.

Evacuation orders in the city were lifted Sunday afternoon, and there were no reported deaths in the city as a result of the storm, but 61 adults and three infants had to be rescued by boat in Staten Island. The storm was responsible for two deaths in New Jersey.

The MTA restored bus service on some lines in all five boroughs by Sunday evening. Most subway service was expected to be restored by 6 a.m. Monday, according to transit officials.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that city offices would be open Monday, but urged employees to exercise caution in getting to work. He added there would be no penalty for transit-related tardiness.

Here are the latest developments:

Most subway lines will begin service restoration at 6 a.m. The C train will not be running, and the A train is running local. There will be no Franklin Avenue Shuttle. The Staten Island Railyway will also resume. It is unclear when LIRR service will be restored.

The Long Island Rail Road will operate "near-normal" service on six branches on Monday: Babylon, Huntington, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington, Hempstead and West Hempstead Branches. Service remains suspended on the Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Long Beach and Far Rockaway Branches and as east of Babylon and east of Ronkonkoma.

NJ Transit rail service will remain suspended until further notice as a result of residual impacts of Hurricane Irene, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line

All three of New York City's major airports will be open for business Monday. JFK and Newark airports will open to arriving flights at 6  a.m. Monday, and departures will resume at noon. LaGuardia will open to both arrivals and departures at 7a.m. Monday. Stewart International Airport also will resume flights Monday. Teterboro Airport has experienced some flooding issues and the Port Authority will announce re-opening plans at this airport when they are finalized.

• AirTrain JFK is expected to be back in service at 4 a.m. with AirTrain Newark scheduled to resume

• There will be no Metro North service during the Monday morning commute.

• PATH service will be fully restored at 4 a.m. Monday

    • In New Jersey, residents have been told to boil water to ensure their safety

    • Throughout New York City, there were 650 trees down

    • Both the Harlem and East rivers rose over their banks, and Ocean Beach in the Bronx is under water

    Water surged through the streets of Rockaway, lapped at the sidewalk in Battery Park and flooding caused the closure FDR and the north tube of the Holland Tunnel shortly after Irene hit the city early Sunday.

    In New York state, more than 936,000 were without power, and in New Jersey, 500,000 were in the dark. 

    Flooding

    Rainfall overnight overwhelmed sewers and sent water streaming into streets overnight as seawater from New York Harbor lapped at the edge of the sidewalk in Battery Park on Sunday morning.

    Ocean water was streaming into main streets of the Rockaways. In Brooklyn, Coney Island streets were also under water, and in Red Hook, also along the harbor, water was coming in about 100 yards.

    Parts of New York's Long Island were also flooding Sunday morning. 

    Power

    There were nearly 103,000 customers in New York City on Sunday. In Long Island, 421,000 customers didn't have power, and 392,000 PSE&G customers in New Jersey were without power.

    Officials from Con Edison said they may shut down power to 6,500 customers if flooding threatens their systems in Lower Manhattan. Con Edison’s Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, John Miksad, said the utility expects to decide whether a preemptive shutdown is necessary some time between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

    There are no plans to shut off power before Hurricane Irene hits the city, according to Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz.

    "We have to wait for the storm to arrive. we have people located in our facilities to monitor the flooding," he said. "If the flooding gets too high, then we may have to shut them down, but it's not a pre-emptive shutdown of the whole area."

    In New Jersey, downed trees left more than 600,000 New Jersey households without power. NJ Governor Chris Christie said that utility executives believed it could take as long as five days to get power restored.

    Construction

    The buildings commissioner has ordered all work at construction sites in the city suspended from 2 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Monday.

    Meanwhile, inspectors are checking construction sties throughout the city to make sure equipment is secured and materials tied down.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is securing all cranes and equipment at the World Trade Center. Sandbags are being installed in areas that could be prone to flooding. 

    It's been seven years since a major storm — Hurricane Jeanne, a Category 3  — slammed into the East Coast. The last hurricane to hit the U.S. was Ike in 2008.

    With reporting from Brigid Bergin,Fred Mogul, Beth Fertig, Ailsa Chang, Cindy Rodriguez, Tracie Hunte and the Associated Press

     

     

     

     

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    Comments [35]

    Khadija Boyd

    Power out in Oneonta (Ostego County).. SUNY. k

    Aug. 28 2011 10:02 PM
    Khadija Boyd from 11205

    Credit must be given where it is due. Kuddos, NYC (all of us). Sanitation Dept clearing , and restoring city bins to intended positions. Impressive. So thankful.

    Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

    Aug. 28 2011 09:33 PM
    jack from Bayonne, nj

    As much as I love All Things Considered . . . 3 times! Really?

    Aug. 28 2011 07:22 PM
    Stanley from Manhattan

    I heard on WNYC that there is another opinion about the preparations and execution of the job done by government officials during the Irene hurricane or tropical storm. It would be good to hear some news reporting on WNYC on that other opinion rather than just cheerleading of government officials. Maybe, just maybe there is another side to this story – if there is listeners deserve to hear it and you have an obligation to find this information out and report it. You are certainly putting these people down without them even being able to defend themselves or tell their side of the story.

    Curious

    Aug. 28 2011 06:12 PM
    Stanley from Manhattan

    I heard on WNYC that there is another opinion about the preparations and execution of the job done by government officials during the Irene hurricane or tropical storm. It would be good to hear some news reporting on WNYC on that other opinion rather than just cheerleading of government officials. Maybe, just maybe there is another side to this story – if there is listeners deserve to hear it and you have an obligation to find this information out and report it. You are certainly putting these people down without them even being able to defend themselves or tell their side of the story.

    Curious

    Aug. 28 2011 06:10 PM
    Roslyn from Manharttan

    Wish we could have heard the president's remarks in "real time." As soon as Amy Eddings introduced the talk, I immediately turned on my TV; sadly I missed it! Hope to get the actual coverage on the news tonight. Each station stopped coverage and devoted President's Obama's remarks as they occurred.

    Aug. 28 2011 05:36 PM
    RJ from prospect hts

    Please ask: When making all these lovely plazas, bike lanes, etc., what is the ratio of people covered by borough, and by neighborhood demographic? I.e., are the poor folks in Jamaica getting the same attention as those in Chelsea, green space area per number of residents?

    Aug. 28 2011 04:43 PM
    dr dave from LES

    Dear Amy Eddings:

    is during a hurricane the best time to implement a new taxi fare structure? Seems ridiculous.

    Aug. 28 2011 04:26 PM
    Frank G

    Please ask the TLC rep why the consumer information centers in the back of medallion taxis were not updated about the zone fare system. How much of a fine will be levied on the service providers like Verifone for not updating the conumer information centers?

    Aug. 28 2011 04:11 PM
    Meredith from Long Valley, NJ western Morris county

    aT 3;30PM HERE in NJ it is extremely windy, worse than before the eye passed us. Trees are dropping limbs. There is still danger even tho it is not raining.

    Aug. 28 2011 03:35 PM
    ken from Westfield, NJ

    It's the Kasser theater at Montclair not Kenner theater.

    Is Cristie happy for FEMA and the other big government bureaucracies now? What about that crazy socialist National Weather Service? It's nice to rally against big government as a sound bite, but when it comes down to it, Cristie is a hypocrite!

    Aug. 28 2011 02:48 PM
    kaj from neptune, nj

    Public Radio - where were/are the public service news and updates? Sensationalism all around .. what a dissapointment. Will probably cancel monthly donations.

    Aug. 28 2011 02:39 PM
    bob from Manhattan

    Please ask mark to see if international arrivals at Newark will land Monday????

    Aug. 28 2011 02:17 PM
    Hayley H from Brooklyn

    I do think this storm was hyped by the media. Of course they should have reported on it as it did have the potential to be more severe than it was. However, what I mostly saw last night were newscasters reporting on what they were anticipating would happen instead of what was happening. It was embarrassing watching on-the-scene reporters trying to make the conditions seem more dramatic than they were. Pretending the wind is so strong that you have to hold onto a pole while people in the back of the shot are walking with only a minimal struggle against the wind is a perfect example of the media hyping the storm.

    Please media, report on power outages; let us know where there is flooding; tell us the extent of the damage but do so without making it seem more extreme than it is.

    Aug. 28 2011 01:22 PM
    Smokey Forester from LES

    How will the announcement be made that those who evacuated Zone A can return to their homes? What's the plan?

    Aug. 28 2011 12:58 PM
    Bob from Neptune, NJ

    Re: the caller about media hype:

    It's not that the viewer/listener should not have been warned. But the Apocalyptic tone of the reporting centered on dire warnings, but little common sense advice. Often the "advice" was to go to FEMA's website. Friends on Facebook were absolutely panicking and not taking sensible precautions. Panic is the enemy of survival.

    The public needed more advice and less "sky is falling" hype.

    Where is Walter Cronkhite when we needed his calming avuncular presence?

    Aug. 28 2011 12:47 PM
    O.W.

    This has become banal and repetitious.
    Enough!

    Aug. 28 2011 12:46 PM
    the other

    there is no problem at the lower east side, at columbia street.

    Aug. 28 2011 12:46 PM
    Christopher Stone from Jackson Heights, Queens

    Great coverage. Not all power lines in Queens are above ground, btw. In Jackson Heights, for example, they are below ground.

    Aug. 28 2011 12:38 PM
    b from bK

    check the cam its fading fast out in Rockaway

    http://thesurfersview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=198&Itemid=198

    Aug. 28 2011 12:32 PM
    Carla from Ridgewood, Queens

    Please report on the situation at Rikers - why weren't they evacuated, or at least their safety in the storm reported on? Also have not heard an update from people who did not evacuate the Rockaways. What are conditions like there?

    Aug. 28 2011 12:25 PM
    Maria from Park Slope, Brooklyn

    Do you guys know you are not broadcasting? I can't get you on any of my radios. I am listening on my computer.
    Please fix!

    Aug. 28 2011 11:54 AM
    Elisabeth from Lower Eastside

    The last big storm of this size hit NYC 26 years ago. Hurricane Irene was a perfect and much necessary collective exercise how to prepare millions of people for possible disaster.
    It was very reassuring to experience how all those disaster strategies are planned out, how well they were conveyed by the mayor and how these plans then are implemented by police, firefighters, public transportation authorities etc. They succeed to keep us out of harms way.

    Aug. 28 2011 11:35 AM
    Lloyd from Manhattan

    A boil water advisory has been issued to Essex and Union counties in NJ. http://bit.ly/mPyK1i

    Is the tap water in NYC still safe to drink? What's the status of our water treatment facilities and the upstate reservoir and what is being done to protect them?

    Aug. 28 2011 11:29 AM
    Smokey Forester from LES

    How will the announcement be made that those who evacuated Zone A can return to their homes?

    Aug. 28 2011 11:25 AM
    b from brooklyn waterfront

    Please return to regular programming.

    Should we expect this level of hyper reporting for every rainstorm?

    Please have someone from your staff step outside. The weather has been fairly mild since dawn,

    This is madness...

    Aug. 28 2011 11:18 AM
    MFan from Staten island

    Something I haven't heard mentioned yet- how many tomato plants have been lost in this tragedy?!!?!?!

    I, personally, lost one of my favorite plants. It's outrageous that no one is covering these real issues! Rest in peace, my sweet Striped German :(

    Aug. 28 2011 10:52 AM
    b from Brooklyn

    get the subway back up and running now !

    Aug. 28 2011 10:17 AM
    uptown Robert from UWS

    This was a coastal storm, no different from a nor'easter. The news and weather people have to have something to justify their media moncee(my cay ˚ee is bro˚en, must be irene, no?)
    existences. i slept an unbrocen peaceful sleep.

    Aug. 28 2011 10:16 AM
    b from Brooklyn

    Oh lordy

    People this is a rain storm,

    We get stronger nor'easters

    Media panic~!

    yawn

    new yorkers we need to get alittle tougher

    Aug. 28 2011 09:33 AM
    b from Brooklyn

    Oh lordy

    People this is a rain storm,

    We get stronger nor'easters

    Media panic~!

    yawn

    new yorkers we need to get alittle tougher

    Aug. 28 2011 09:33 AM
    scallywag from nyc

    NYC- Sunday morning- Slept the night away with my bedroom windows wide open, willing to put aside the media overkill and the artificial creation of a wicked demi god....

    Of course if the storm (and that's really what it amounts to...)does get out of hand come noon hopefully my next door neighbor wont mind me knocking on his door for a spare umbrella…

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/08/hurricane-irene-the-sudden-sex-celebrity-without-much-bang/

    Aug. 28 2011 09:02 AM
    Fuva from Uptown OZ

    I hear ya, Cynycal...We should continue to be careful because conditions could worsen very quickly. But there's a whole lot of disaster news melodrama going on right now -- breathless reporters running into pockets of windy rain, etc. -- that seems of questionable informational or ethical value.

    Aug. 28 2011 07:58 AM
    Fuva from Uptown Oz

    I hear ya, Cynycal...We should continue to be careful because conditions could worsen very quickly. But there's a whole lot of disaster news melodrama going on right now -- breathless reporters running into pockets of windy rain, etc. -- that seems of questionable informational or ethical value.

    Aug. 28 2011 07:56 AM
    CYNYCAL from Oz I Guess

    Pushing 4 a.m. EST. I'm not seeing anything much different than the rain we've been having all summer. I even went to the East River. Is there something coming I need to know about? Am I in the eye of this this? What am I missing? I really am having trouble trying to find out the reality (of the weather.) :-(

    Aug. 28 2011 03:54 AM

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