Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday night in New Jersey with wind gusts up to 70 mph. At least 16 people are reported dead this morning after Sandy slammed into the East Coast. The storm made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey bringing the swell and knocking out electricity to over 6 million people. The impact of Sandy forced the closure of public schools, government offices, the New York Stock Exchange and public transportation.
In Moochanie, New Jersey, a levee broke and a massive rescue effort is underway. The Bergen County Executive’s Chief of Staff announced that the authorities are trying to figure out the best way to get people out of Moonachie and nearby Carlstadt. Rescue crews are mobilizing whatever large vehicles they can find including dump trucks and fire trucks for the rescue. County police officers, rescuers from the National Guard are responding to the rescue effort.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) announced a massive five-alarm fire that ripped through Breezy Point, Queens. Firefighters say over 50 homes have been completely destroyed by flames. The blaze was first reported at 11pm eastern Monday. Approximately 145 firefights are on the scene of the dangerous blaze and officials say the fire is tough to handle because of the strong winds and the close proximity of the homes.