SUNDAY 8:00 am Storm Surge

Well, the winds have started and it's raining steadily. A storm surge is rising at The Battery, with water levels 4 feet higher than usual, and high levels at the Wall Street ferry slip.

Brooklyn writer Laura Diamond tweeted about the unusual New York morning: @lediamondbklyn A peculiar dawn unlike any other in NY's recent history. Sounds of traffic replaced by inescapable presence of the storm. #Irene