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Hurricane Irene

The Empire

Governor Cuomo's office updates the state on hurricane damage

Monday, August 29, 2011

The governor's office says, as of this morning, 945,257 New York residents are without power. Most of those are customers on Long Island.

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The Takeaway

Irene Leaves Cities Flooded In Its Wake

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene left neighborhoods, towns and cities flooded along the eastern seaboard. Philadelphia was one of the worst hit in terms of floods, with bodies of water like the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers climbing to ten feet or more above normal levels. States like New Jersey and Vermont are also experiencing Irene-triggered floods.

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Features

Broadway, Museums, Parks, Casinos Re-Open After Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Broadway theaters, museums and parks in New York are back open on Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced them to shut down over the weekend. The U.S. Open started on Monday, as planned. Casinos are also back open in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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The Takeaway

Can Hurricane Hype be a Danger to Public Safety?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Natural disasters require an incredible effort on the part of medical professionals, police, fire departments, Good Samaritans — and the media. Reporting on storms, especially hurricanes, means much more to media outlets than simple public safety information. These storms can mean big ratings, major awards, and they can make or break a reporter's career — as with The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel. Unfortunately, media histrionics can also be counterproductive to public safety.

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The Takeaway

New York City Airports Ready to Resume Operations after Hurricane Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene made landfall in New York Sunday morning, downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New Jersey particularly hard over the weekend. Last night, the storm reached New England, triggering floods in Vermont. At least 16 deaths have been reported as a result of the storm. This morning, after being grounded through the weekend for Hurricane Irene, airlines at New York City's three major airports are readying their planes and crews for departures.

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WNYC News

Subway Service Restored; Power Outages, Flooding Remain

Monday, August 29, 2011

Subway service was restored for Monday and 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.

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Transportation Nation

New York: Here's What We Know About Your Monday Morning Commute

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The quick update: subway service begins to be restored Monday morning at 6am. There will be no Metro North service, but there will be Long Island Rail Road service on six branches. PATH trains will be operational as of 4am. There are no NJ Transit trains, and NJ Transit buses and light rail will be on a modified schedule. Area airports will be open. There's no Amtrak service between Boston and Philadelphia. The Staten Island Ferry and the Staten Island Railway are operational. There have been no reported problems on NYC's bike lanes. Details below!

The parking lot of the Metro-North's Beacon station (photo courtesy of the MTA)

Subway service resumes Monday morning at 6am. Caveat: trains will not run as frequently and you can expect crowding. See the MTA's service advisory here.

Exceptions:

  • 3 trains will operate between 137th Street/City College and New Lots Avenue; substitute bus service will be provided between Harlem 148th Street and 135th Street connecting with the 2 train.
  • C trains suspended; A trains will make all local stops from 207th St. to Lefferts Blvd.
  • No service in the Rockaways. (Rockaway Blvd. to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park)
  • 6 trains runs local in the Bronx
  • 7 trains run local
  • S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) Suspended
  • N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.

· The Staten Island Railway will resume normal service at midnight tonight.

Buses: Limited bus service was restored in all five boroughs of New York City earlier this evening. Service levels will continue to increase but may not reach normal levels tomorrow.

Bridges and Tunnels: All MTA Bridges and Tunnels are open as of 7:00 p.m.

Access-a-Ride and Able Ride are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon tomorrow. In the morning, these services will help return evacuees to their homes.

Long Island Rail Road service will be restored on the 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.

Metro-North service remains suspended on Monday. Grand Central Terminal will open as usual at 5:30am.

The MTA's website is here. And check out their Flickr page for pictures.

NJ Transit: No rail service tomorrow, with the exception of the Atlantic City Rail Line. Buses will operate on a modified schedule. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekend schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Details can be found on NJ Transit's website.

PATH trains will be operational as of 4am on Monday morning. (Website)

Airports: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says JFK and Newark Airports will open to arriving flights at 6am on Monday, and departures will resume at noon. LaGuardia will open to both arrivals and departures at 7am on Monday. AirTrain JFK is expected to be back in service at 4 a.m. with AirTrain Newark scheduled to resume operations at 6 a.m.

The Staten Island Ferry is running.

Amtrak is canceling all trains between Boston and Philadelphia Monday -- including all Acela service. Check out their Northeast Corridor twitter feed for more details.

Roads: the storm has caused extensive damage in upstate New York; check road conditions here. NJ's Department of Transportation says roads are open but work continues on removing downed tree limbs and power lines. Check the NJ DOT's website here. A map of Connecticut roadway conditions can be found here.

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WNYC News

After Some Defy Evacuation, Red Hook Residents Take in Storm Aftermath

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Many residents of Red Hook who chose to ignore the mandatory evacuation order and weather the storm in their low-lying Brooklyn neighborhood emerged from their homes Sunday and were not surprised by the extent of damage that Tropical Storm Irene left in its wake.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Politics of Irene: Winners, Losers and What it Meant for Obama

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As Hurricane Irene stormed up through the East Coast, it interrupted political debates about Libya and the 2012 election and focused attention on the most basic services of government: public safety and public infrastructure. That cuts right at the heart of the debate about the proper role and scope of government that has raged in Washington since the 2010 midterms.

But Hurricane Irene is fundamentally about local politics, because as FEMA director Craig Fugate pointed out, the hurricane did not leave a single “place of damage that tells everybody the story about what's happened." Instead, the weekend ended with multiple storylines ranging from devastation to inconveniences to relief. So as Irene's winds weakened up the coast, so did her ability to shape the national debate about the role of government one way or the other.

Here, a look at the political winners and losers in Irene's wake. 

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SUNDAY 8:30 pm What to Make With Unused Provisions? Pie

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bonus points if you can shape the crust sitting atop your fruit filling to depict thunderclouds and rain. 

We shall call this creation "Pierene." 

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Times Square Slip-N-Slide

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How did YOU Spend Saturday night waiting out Irene? We heard from a lot of folks who were baking (stay tuned for more on that later), but we definitely needed to rewatch this a few times to believe it.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SUNDAY 6:20 pm Getting a Look at the Morning Commute

Sunday, August 28, 2011

For those of you not lucky enough to have the day off, Mayor Mike gave the latest updates on what's open, and what's expected to be up and running in the morning for your Monday commute. 

Check out the list here

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The Takeaway

Photos: Hurricane Irene

Sunday, August 28, 2011

We asked you to submit your photos of Hurricane Irene, which moved from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England over the weekend, weakening from a Type 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, killing at least 16 people and shutting down public transit in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Here are some of the submissions we've received. Do you have a photo from the storm? Submit it here, or call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE and tell us about your Hurricane Irene experience.

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WNYC News

Some Transit Restored, But Service Suspension Leaves Many Stranded Commuters

Sunday, August 28, 2011

After Tropical Storm Irene forced the closure of the city's mass transit system, commuters braced for delays and frustration during the morning commute Monday as most subway and bus service was restored but rail lines remained suspended. 

 

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WNYC News

Look | Aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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PHOTOS. From flooding to downed trees, see how Tropical Storm Irene has affected the Tri-State area. You can share your Hurricane Irene experiences or read what others were doing while we blogged the aftermath of the storm.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Reporter's Irene Notebook: That's It?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WNYC

"I by the tide / Of Humber would complain."

--To his Coy Mistrees by Andrew Marvell

From the admittedly jaundiced vantage of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Hurricane Irene was the girl who threw the party of the year, showed up briefly and didn’t dance.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SUNDAY 11:15 am Can We Empty the Tub, Now?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Don't want to get too cocky here, but with two hours since Irene passed over NYC, a shower would be lovely.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SUNDAY 9:45 am Checking Out Flooding and Downed Trees, But Is That Sunshine?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

While the eye of Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene is moving beyond metro New York, all eyes are on areas of the city that are flooded (looks like the Rockaways, Battery Park City and parts of Brooklyn) power outages - 370k in New York State. We don't want to sound overly optimistic, but we can see some patches of blue sky - can you?

Look | Hurricane Slideshow

Latest Updates on Flooding, Power Outages

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Christie: Stay Inside, New Jersey!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie was on the Today Show this morning as Irene was working its way up the Jersey Shore - he urged people to stay inside through the morning.

 

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