NYC Marathon canceled amid growing backlash

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NYC Marathon canceled amid growing backlash

 

Superstorm Sandy made landfall Monday night in southern New Jersey and produced record-breaking floods around the New York metro area. The storm has already claimed dozens of lives in the U.S. and millions are without power. Hundreds of homes were lost due to fires caused by the storm.

Millions of people have been affected as the massive storm delivered hurricane force winds across the east coast, causing catastrophic wind and water damage.

Reports are pouring in from all parts of the country. If you are safe, there are multiple ways to tell us how you were affected by the storm. You can upload photos and videos to CNN
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We tracked the storm's effect on people in its path through our reports on the ground, coverage from our affiliates and social media. Look back at our blog at some of the key moments of the storm.
 
5:50 p.m. ET: Michelle Cleary, who started a Facebook campaign to cancel the NYC marathon, says she was stunned by Bloomberg's decision. 
 
5:23 p.m. ET: NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg has canceled the New York marathon, according to a statement: 

“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch.  While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division.  The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination.  We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.  The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”

 
4:40 p.m. ET: A New York official tells CNN that meetings are going on all afternoon to determine whether the NYC marathon will take place. Earlier in the day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted the marathon to run as scheduled on Sunday. 
 
 
4:05 p.m. ET: Amtrak announced it will offer free travel to uniformed first responders directly involved in the recovery effort as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The officer is valid from Friday through November 9 for travel on Northeast Corridor services between Washington and Boston.
 
3:40 p.m. ET: Lena Jakobsson of In Session sent pictures of her in Huntington Station, New York on Long Island's north shore.
 
 
 
2:30 p.m. ET: Some yards are buried in nearly 4 feet of sand on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
 
Plus, more debris at Long Beach Island.
1:45 p.m. ET: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed reporters about the backlash over his decision to hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday, days after Superstorm Sandy. "If you remember back to 9/11, I think Rudy made the right decision to run the marathon," he said, referring to former Mayo Rudolph Giuliani. "I think we need to find some way to express ourselves and show solidarity."
 
12:38 p.m. ET: Nearly 3.5 million people remains out of power from Sandy.
 
12:36 p.m. ET: The U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy now stands at 96. County coroners in Pennsylvania have now reported 13 deaths believed to be related to Sandy.
 
12:02 p.m. ET: The boil-water advisory that had been in place in Atlantic City as a result of Sandy has been lifted, officials announced on Friday.
 
11:52 a.m. ET: Some Staten Island residents are getting frustrated because they say they haven't received any help after Sandy and times are getting desperate. 
 
 
Friday, 10:47 a.m. ET: A couple of reassuring pictures of the National Guard in action in Manhattan yesterday.
 
The National Guard assists with Sandy relief efforts
 
The National Guard assists with Sandy relief efforts
 
5:39 p.m. ET: Per the FAA, New York's La Guardia airport is now operating at 60% capacity.
 
4:42 p.m. ET: The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened all ports from Philadelphia southward to North Carolina.
 
4:39 p.m. ET: Aerial video of damage to a neighborhood in Staten Island, New York:
 
 
4 p.m. ET: The HSUS's Animal Rescue team is working to help animals after Superstorm Sandy.
 
3:15 p.m. ET: Travel nightmares!!! The buses are back in NYC, but with everyone going back to work, it's causing major traffic hassles across the city.
 
A commuter decided to get off the bus after it took her an hour to go 24 blocks.
 
This video shot October 31 shows residents in Queens waiting for the only bus line to the island of Manhattan. 
 
2:46 p.m. ET:
 
2:26 p.m. ET: HLN's Brian Rokus sent photos of B.J. Biedebach's home in Beach Haven West, New Jersey.
 
 
2:06 p.m. ET:
 
2 p.m. ET:
 
1:50 p.m. ET: Was your pet displaced by Superstorm Sandy? There is a spot on Facebook where users are posting photos of lost and found pets in areas affected by Sandy. There is also information about animal shelter and temporary shelters that allow animals.
 
1:36 p.m. ET: Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says the bodies of two boys who were swept away from their mother during Superstorm Sandy were recovered Thursday morning. He added the parents were there when searchers discovered the boys.
 
12:53 p.m. ET: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says we are working toward a "roughly normal situation." He says crews from as far as California are working to restore power, but parts of the city may not have electricity until the end of next week!
 
He also addressed the NYC Marathon. He says electricity will be back downtown by Sunday, which should free up police. Bloomberg also says he hopes to have schools re-opened by Monday. 
 
12:39 p.m. ET: Some gas stations like this one in Brooklyn are already out of gas. Henry Rivera says he was going to take turns with his wife babysitting their car until the station gets more gas. We know you're concerned about gas shortages and gouging. Share your thoughts/concerns with us on our Facebook page
 
12:20 p.m. ET: Sand washed ashore from Sandy has been plowed, creating sand dunes in the middle of neighborhood streets. 
 
12:12 p.m. ET: Even pets need help after Sandy. Check out this picture of pooches being loaded onto a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle.
 
12:06 p.m. ET: iReport: More long gas lines in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Fawad Shamshad says he had to drive 15 miles from his home and wait. 
 
11:32 a.m. ET: Residents in Beach Haven West, N.J. wait in line to be allowed back to their homes. HLN's Mike Galanos says police told residents they will be allowed to stay in their homes if they feel comfortable.
 
 
11:15 a.m. ET: Staten Island, New York, residents assess damage from Sandy.
 
11 a.m. ET: Good news/bad news! HLN's Bob Van Dillen says Hoboken, New Jersey, residents can drink the tap water. Bad news: city officials says it could take 7 to 10 days before power is fully restored in Hoboken.
 
10:50 a.m. ET: Here's a picture of a long line of people trying to catch a bus in New York. 
and speaking of long lines, check out this gas station.
 
9:10 a.m. ET: A live benefit telethon, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will air Friday, November 2 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET on the networks of NBCUniversal. The event will feature performances by artists including Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Donations will go to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
 
8:40 a.m. ET: Over 4.8 million people in the Northeast remain without power after Superstorm Sandy.
 
8:30 a.m. ET: People in New York are trying to get back to work. Bus and subway fees are being waived Thursday and Friday, which means long lines at bus stops and gas stations.
 
 
8:29 a.m. ET: Time-lapse video shows the moment power went out in Manhattan.
 
 
5:46 p.m. ET: LaGuardia Airport will open tomorrow with limited flight schedules, starting at 7 a.m. Thursday.
 
5:38 p.m. ET: HLN producer Brian Rokus took this picture of storm surge debris in W. Beach Haven, New Jersey.
 
 
 
and this photo of a boat in the street.
 
5:33 p.m. ET: iReport: Sandy damage in New Jersey: Longbranch and Deal
 
 
5:26 p.m. ET: All Broadway shows will be back up and running, starting Thursday. "The show must go on, and Broadway shows are doing just that," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League.
 
4:49 p.m. ET: Obama: "We will not quit until this is done. ... We will not tolerate red tape."
 
4:45 p.m. ET: Obama: " We will not forget. We will follow up until we rebuild."
 
4:41 p.m. ET: Obama: "Gov. Christie has put heart and soul into storm response." 
 
4:37 p.m. ET: Christie: "I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state."
 
4:30 p.m. ET: President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak at a press conference in Brigantine, New Jersey, after touring damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
 
4 p.m. ET: Engineers say the crane that collapsed at a Manhattan residential high-rise has been secured. However, W. 57th Street won't be open until at least this weekend, says NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
 
3:35 p.m. ET: Pro surfer Rob Kelly surveys the damage in Ocean City, N.J.:
 
 
3:07 p.m. ET: An update to the evacuation plan at New York City's Bellevue Hospital: The number of remaining patients who will be evacuated is about 700, and the process could take two days, a source familiar with the evacuation plan told CNN. Many critically ill patients were evacuated earlier.

The hospital's generators are on the 13th floor, but the pumps that supply oil to the generators are in the basement under 8 feet of water, the source said.

2:18 p.m. ET: Bellevue Hospital in New York City will evacuate its remaining 500 patients, according to an e-mail from a hospital group to New York area hospitals. Many critically ill patients had already been evacuated, but about 500 remained. Numerous ambulances are lined up outside the hospital in preparation, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
 
1:09 p.m. ET: Incredible photo shot last night. iReport: Brooklyn Has Power - Manhattan Does Not
 
 
12:20 p.m. ET: It's official: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order Wednesday, postponing Halloween celebrations in New Jersey until Monday, November 5th, as a result of unsafe conditions remaining following Hurricane Sandy. “I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Governor Christie said in a press release. 
 
11:14 a.m. ET:
 
 
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. ET: Hoboken, New Jersey -- New taxi cabs sit in flooded parking lot.
 
 
8:10 p.m. ET: Search continues for Sandy survivors in New Jersey
 
6:43 p.m. ET: Video of damage from NYC's Central Park
 
5:59 p.m. ET: Good news, kids!! Bloomberg says streets should be safe for kids to go out for Halloween. He also says the New York City marathon will take place as scheduled on Sunday.
 
5:55 p.m. ET: Limited bus service will be available in New York starting tonight and will continue tomorrow morning. He says fares will be free for all passengers. 
 
5:54 p.m. ET: Bloomberg says restoring power and transportation in the city remain the biggest challenges. He calls it a "mammoth job."
 
5:52 p.m. ET: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "we have a plan for recovery and that recovery is already beginning." 
 
5:42 p.m. ET:  Brian Bruso sent a picture of the Andrea Hotel and Restaurant in Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island.
 
 
5:33 p.m. ET: MTA releases video of damage of flooded subways in New York (South Ferry and Whitehall St Station)
 
 
5 p.m. ET: LaGuardia Airport remains under water. Officials do not believe it will re-open on Wednesday.
 
4:45 p.m. ET: iReport: Sandy's damage in West Virginia
 
 
4:07 p.m. ET: Way to go, Newark!
 
 
3:34 p.m. ET: Speaking Tuesday, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised the federal government response to Sandy. "I spoke to the president three times yesterday," Christie said on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien. "He has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state and not once did he bring up the election. If he's not bringing it up, you can be sure that people in New Jersey are not worried about that primarily if one of the guys running isn't."
 
3:05 p.m. ET: Speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington Tuesday, President Obama said, "This storm is not yet over." He warned that the storm is still moving north and encouraged Americans to stay alert.
 
2:20 p.m. ET: From Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia: "We have 20 inches so far. Winds at 60 mph. We are expecting between 1.5 - 2 feet of more snow in next 24 hours."
 
 
1:57 p.m. ET Another amazing pic from Lower Manhattan:
 
 
1:51 p.m. ET: More good news from the Director of Operations for the State of New York:
 
 
1:35 p.m. ET: Chilling aerial video of the New Jersey shore from the National Guard:
 
 
1:28 p.m. ET: Looks like it might be awhile before things are back to normal at New York's LaGuardia Airport:
 
 
1:14 p.m. ET: More New Jersey damage:
 
 
12:59 p.m. ET: That crane that snapped 1,000 feet above the streets of Manhattan yesterday? It's still dangling.
 
12:30 p.m. ET: The BBC has posted a great interactive map of damage in New York City.
 
 
 
12:07 p.m. ET: From WEWS (Ohio): Wall of building in downtown Cleveland appears to be buckling. Building houses county's 911 service.
 
11:55 a.m. ET: CNN iReport: "There goes the neighborhood" -- Multiple downed trees and electrical poles cause area wide damage in the Bronx.
 
11:35 a.m. ET: In Session Field Producer Michael Christian took this photo of sandbags protecting the Apple Store at 67th & Broadway in Manhattan.
 
 
11:20 a.m. ET: What a difference a week makes in West Virginia! These were taken by Lynn Creamer in Lewisburg. The image on the left is from October 22. The one on the right was taken today.
 
 
 
10:41 a.m. ET: There are now about 7.5 million customers without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to numbers compiled by CNN from local power providers.
 
10:22 a.m. ET Flood debris in New York:
 
 
10:11 a.m. ET: A good reminder:
 
 
9:49 a.m. ET: CNN iReport (New York) -- Space shuttle exhibit collapses after Sandy
9:41 a.m. ET: Here is the Red Cross service that allows you to register yourself as safe if you were affected by Sandy or search for loved ones who may have been in the storm's path: Safe and Well.
 
9:34 a.m. ET: From Amtrak: Most Amtrak service in the Northeast remains suspended on Tuesday, October 30. Amtrak stations in the affected areas and along the affected routes should be considered closed. A decision on limited service restoration north and south of New York will be made later today for Wednesday, October 31. 
 
 
 
8:44 a.m. ET: A good sign?
 
 
8:42 a.m. ET: New Jersey:
 
 
8:30 a.m. ET: Western Maryland being pounded by snow:
 
 
 
8:14 a.m. ET: Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday morning announced that he has lifted the travel bans that he ordered in the state yesterday, effective immediately.
 
8:12 a.m. ET: Some good news from Massachusetts:
 
 
8:08 a.m ET: Awesome timelapse of 27 hours in Manhattan starting early yesterday morning:
 
 
8:05 a.m. ET: Dramatic video of that building facade collapsing in New York City yesterday:
 
 
7:59 a.m. ET The power of Sandy:
 
 
7:55 a.m. ET iReport: Hudson River storm surge inundates apartment lobby (New Jersey):
 
 
7:52 a.m. ET Sandy brings rare October blizzard to mountains of North Carolina:
 
 
 
7:15 a.m. ET Snow from Superstorm Sandy also a big problem for some areas. Parts of West Virginia could be measuring in feet:
 
 
7:08 a.m. ET Sandy affecting Northeast Ohio now:
 
 
 
6:05 a.m. ET Updated death toll from Sandy: 
 
     Total deaths: 83

     In the U.S. so far: 15

     5 in New York
     2 in Maryland
     1 in Connecticut
     3 in New Jersey
     2 in Philadelphia
     1 West Virginia
     1 HMS Bounty deckhand who was found unresponsive and later declared dead at hospital
     Outside the U.S.:
     1 in Canada.
     Earlier: 67 in the Caribbean, including 51 in Haiti. 

 

 
2:19 a.m. ET: Superstorm Sandy by the numbers:
13 confirmed deaths in U.S., more than 6.5 million customers left without power, 23 states under high wind warnings or advisories, two to three feet of snow expected in West Virginia blizzard. Live storm coverage continues overnight at CNN.com.
 
1:56 a.m. ET: 30 to 40 people rescued by specially trained firefighters from burning block of buildings in Queens, according to WABC's Jeff Pegues in interview on CNN.
 
Pegues said the fire hydrants were inoperable because of overwhelming flooding on the street, so firefighters had to smash their way into the buildings without having extinguished the flames first. The operation lasted about four hours before everyone who needed rescue was taken to safety. The fire still continues and has completely gutted four or five buildings along the block.
1:53 a.m. ET:
 
1:20 a.m. ET: Increasing desperation as hospital tries to avoid a disaster.
 
1:04 a.m. ET: Flood waters in Battery Park have now dropped by about five feet from where they were around 9 p.m. ET as the storm surge recedes. Current levels are just under eight-feet. The storm surge pushed levels to a record 13.8 feet Monday evening.
 
 
12:55 a.m. ET: A 62-year-old man has died in Oley, Pennsylvania after being struck by a falling tree. At least 12 people in the U.S. have been killed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
 
12:47 a.m. ET: Photo shows ambulances lined up around the block, waiting to transfer approximately 200 patients from NYU hospital, which has lost power.
 
12:32 a.m. ET: New images of the blown-out building facade in Manhattan. Scroll down for video of the collapse as it happened.
 
 
 
12:08 a.m. ET: Here is video from the Manhattan incident reported earlier Monday evening when winds from Superstorm Sandy collapsed the facade of an entire apartment building in the Chelsea neighborhood. Remarkably, nobody was injured. The video, shot by a neighbor across the street, contains graphic language. The collapse occurs about halfway through the video.
 
 
11:58 p.m. ET: Latest on medical evacuations at NYU hospital: Langone Medical Center spokeswoman Lisa Greiner tells CNN's Elizabeth Cohen, "Due to the severity of Hurricane Sandy and the higher than expected storm surge, we are in the process of transferring approximately 200 patients within the Medical Center to nearby facilities. We are having intermittent telephone access issues, and for this reason the receiving hospital will notify the families of their arrival."
 
Grenier says the hospital has been running on backup power for about three hours and while there is no flooding in the hospital, there may be flooding in the basement.
 
11:32 p.m. ET: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirms evacuations underway at NYU hospital after backup generator went out. Dozens of ambulences reported outside hospital to transfer patients.
 
Bloomberg said he had been assured the hospital's backup generator had been tested "and we're working with them to help move people out."
 
11:27 p.m. ET "I've never seen waves this big." Veteran CNN reporter Gary Tuchman says worst has passed Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. But waves estimated at 20-25 feet have washed away parts of the beach.
 
11:18 p.m. ET: Storm surge from New York Harbor rushes into the tunnel connecting Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn.
 
 
10:59 p.m. ET: 10 people are confirmed dead in the United States from superstorm Sandy.
 
10:56 p.m. ET: The 11 p.m. advisory from NOAA shows Sandy's maximum sustained winds remain hurricane strength at 75 mph. However because it no longer has a defined 'eye', the storm is not officially a hurricane. Sandy is moving NW at 18 mph and tropical storm winds extend across much of New England.
 
10:42 p.m. ET:
 
10:34 p.m. ET: The storm surge in Lower Manhattan is beginning to recede and the rain has mostly moved off to the northwest. Water levels at Battery Park still remain at record levels and more than 1,000,000 people are without power. This photo was taken in the financial district where cars and streets are flooded above ground, while below, seawater has been rushing into subway stations.
 
 
10:28 p.m. ET: Officials at the NYSE say earlier reports the stock market had flooded are not accurate.
 
10:21 p.m. ET: Claudene Christian, who was rescued from the sunken HMS Bounty, has passed away according to a spokesman for Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The spokesman tells CNN Detwiler passed away at the hospital.
 
The tall ship was battered by then-Hurricane Sandy and sunk 90 miles off of Cape Hatteras Monday morning.
 
 
10:17 p.m. ET: There are 66 mph wind gusts...  in Cleveland.
 
10:07 p.m. ET: Reports of several power transformers exploding in New Jersey and New York City. The blue burst in the photo below is a transformer explosion along FDR Drive at 14th St. in Manhattan.
 
 
9:53 p.m. ET: Devastation underground.
9:44 p.m. ET: There are conflicting reports on whether the New York Stock Exchange has flooded. According to CNN's Chad Myers, the National Weather Service says the wooden trading floor is now under three feet of water. An NYSE official however tells CNN they have not confirmed any flooding and have not heard these reports.
 
This story is continually updating and HLN will update with the most recent information.
 
CNN's Ali Velshi says flooding impact on global financial market would be "quite serious."
 
9:38 p.m. ET:
9:28 p.m. ET: Record water levels at Lower Manhattan's Batter Park and storm surge still rising. Current level of 13.81 feet is three and a half feet higher than ever before.
 
9:21 p.m. ET: Five deaths have now been confirmed in New York state, according to Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. One person is confirmed dead in Connecticut after a large tree fell in Mansfield.
 
9:16 p.m. ET: Hurricane force gusts are being felt in New York City and Long Island. Sandy now moving WNW at 21 mph with sustained winds at 80 mph.
 
9:06 p.m. ET:
 
8:53 p.m. ET: Seawater is moving into New York's Battery Tunnel. All bridges, tunnels in New York City are closed. There are reports of flooding in subways in the lower Manhattan area.
 
8:49 p.m. ET: The number of outages from Superstorm Sandy now stands at 2.8 million.
 
8:19 p.m. ET: The Port Authority has shut down LaGuardia Airport until further notice.
 
8:18 p.m. ET: A 30-year-old man was killed in Queens, New York, after being struck by a falling tree, says NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel.
 
8:16 p.m. ET: Nancy Grace producer Ellie Jostad reports cars are floating along Wall Street.
 
8:06 p.m. ET:  Superstorm Sandy makes landfall in southern New Jersey, according to National Hurricane Center; More than 2.2 million customers are without power in 11 states.
 
7:50 p.m. ET: Water levels in New York City's Battery Park is 1 foot over the previous record of 1960. (Hurricane Donna), says National Weather Service.  
 
7:20 p.m. ET: Authorities are responding to a collapsed facade at a building in Manhattan. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says no one was injured.
 
7:16 p.m. ET: HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen says Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey is flooding due to storm surge. 
 
7:03 p.m. ET: Sandy is no longer a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. It's now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 85 mph.
 
6:50 p.m. ET: Stormchaser Mark Robinson says Sandy is "one of the strongest hurricanes I've ever experienced in the Northeast."
 
6:38 p.m. ET: Officials in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, are worrying about inland flooding and beach erosion from Sandy. 
 
6:16 p.m. ET: More than 1.5 million customers are without power in 11 states.
 
6:13 p.m. ET: Nearly 6,700 National Guard troops are on active duty in seven states due to the hurricane, according to the Defense Department.
 
6:04 p.m. ET: Claudine Christian, a member of the HMS Bounty that sunk at sea from high waters from Hurricane Sandy, has been found and recovered, but "is unresponsive," the U.S. Coast Guard tells CNN. Robin Walbridge, the ship's captain, remains missing.
 
5:46 p.m. ET: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says at press conference, "It's too late to evacuate."
 
5:38 p.m. ET: Live Cam from Brooklyn
 
5:29 p.m. ET: Several buildings near the partial crane collapse on 57th street in Manhattan have been evacuated amid fears that it could fall to the street. Several fire engines are on the scene. 
 
5:20 p.m. ET: From In Session producer Michael Christian: As the rain and wind have gotten more intense, there are fewer and fewer pedestrians willing to brave the elements.  At the corner of Riverside Drive and 120 Street, some scaffolding collapsed next to a building; I saw policemen trying to gather up some of the larger pieces of debris before they could become airborne projectiles."
 
5:14 p.m. ET: HLN meteorologist Tom Sater says Hurricane Sandy is 30 miles off the New Jersey coast. 
 
4:56 p.m. ET: Hurricane Sandy has already forced the cancellation of about 100 blood drives, according to the Red Cross. "It is critical that those in unaffected areas make an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible," said Dr. Richard Benjamin, the organization's chief medical officer.
 
4:06 p.m. ET: CNN now reporting that more than 765,000 are without power across seven states.
 
3:53 p.m. ET: Asked about what FEMA was doing to make sure the storm doesn't negatively affect next week's presidential election, Administrator Craig Fugate said: “We’ve been working on making sure that we have the proper guidance for any actions that might be required in areas that might be declared [disasters] ... any community needs to be safe and secure ... we’ll be in a support role ... we’re making sure we’re responsive to the state’s requests ... it’s really too early to say what will be the impact of the storm. We’ll be in support of the governors’ teams, the secretaries of state ... right now, it’s just hard to know what that will be.”
 
3:43 p.m. ET: NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb: “Generally, the forecast is on track ... landfall is expected sometime tonight. It does appear, based on the aircraft date and satellite imagery, that the storm is speeding up as it approaches the coast. We predict the storm will slow down as it gets inland tomorrow ... expect coastal flooding and rainfall over a very wide area ... the gale force winds will occur at the coast, and will last as long as Tuesday night or Wednesday morning ... the Long Island Sound, New York Harbor areas around New York City could have storm surges of six to eleven feet ... the rainfall could be more than a foot in some places, both coastal areas and inland, which could lead to flash flooding ... this is a multi-hazard event. Time has either run out or is running out for preparations in some areas.”
 
 
3:39 p.m. ET: From HLN's Ryan Smith -- photo of streets being cleared around partial crane collapse on 57th street in Manhattan:
 
3:20 p.m. ET: From KVAL: If Sandy hit the West Coast, tropical storm-force winds would stretch from Los Angeles to Seattle.
 
2:45 p.m. ET: 
 
 
2:28 p.m. ET: Ravenna, New York
 
 
2:14 p.m. ET: According to the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. EDT advisory, Hurricane Sandy is rapidly accelerating toward the northwest at 28 mph. Sandy remains a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with gusts of 110 mph. 
 
2:12 p.m. ET: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, (which is always closed on Mondays) will close on Tuesday also this week due to Hurricane Sandy.
 
2:10 p.m. ET: 
 
 
 
2:05 p.m. ET: NOAA flood flood map shows major flooding on the south shore of Long Island.
 
2:01 p.m. ET: HLN's Ryan Smith took this photo of Manhattan from Red Hook, Brooklyn, about an hour ago:
 
1:52 p.m. ET: Sandy impacting late night...
 
 
 
1:23 p.m. ET:
 
 
1:16 p.m. ET: Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), maintains his vigil during Hurricane Sandy while guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, October 29, 2012.
 
1:00 p.m. ET: U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday he isn't worried about how Hurricane Sandy might affect the election. "I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. I'm worried about the impact on families. I'm worried about the impact on first responders. I'm worried about the economy and transportation," he told reporters. "The election will take care of itself next week."
 
12:51 p.m. ET:
 
 
12:45 p.m. ET: Scott Burnell with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has told CNN that NRC inspectors are in place at power plans in Sandy's path. 
 
12:30 p.m. ET: National Grid, which provides power to millions of customers, says that 60 million people could be affected -- up from its previous estimate of 50 million.
 
12:18 p.m. ET: According to CNN, regional power outages related to Hurricane Sandy are now up to 116,000.
 
12:15 p.m. ET: GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking in Avon Lake, Ohio: "I want to mention that our hearts and prayers are with all the people in the storm's path. Sandy is another devastating hurricane by all accounts, and a lot of people are going to be facing some real tough times as a result of Sandy's fury. And so if you have the capacity to make a donation to the American Red Cross, you can go online and do that."
 
12:05 p.m. ET: The HMS Bounty, which was built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Marlon Brando, has sunk at sea, a Coast Guard official told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield. Fourteen people were rescued from that ship and two are still missing at sea, Vice Admiral Robert Parker said. The 14 people rescued are back ashore in Elizabeth City, NC and “all are in good health,” Parker said.   “As they abandoned ship, three people washed overboard. Only one of those who washed overboard made it to the life raft, “ Parker said. There is an ongoing search for the two men.
 
11:48 a.m. ET: From WGSB: A substation has been compromised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. More than 35,000 people will lose power at noon.
 
 
11:20 a.m. ET: Check out wave heights in the Atlantic Ocean here. Seeing some reports in excess of 20 feet from some buoys.
 
10:50 a.m. ET: 
 
 
 
 
10:40 a.m ET: Hurricane Sandy intensified on Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 mph with gusts to 115 mph.
 
10:30 a.m. ET: CNN iReport has created an Open Story for Hurricane Sandy. Check out the latest photos from on the ground and share yours with the world.

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