Published On: Oct 30 2012 07:37:58 AM CDTUpdated On: Oct 30 2012 08:14:29 AM CDT
Wind blows across a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on Oct. 29, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie's emergency declaration shut down the city's casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate.
A man smokes a cigarette while watching flood waters caused by Hurricane Sandy from his driveway on Oct. 30, 2012 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
With only flashlights to light the way, New York University Langone Medical Center evacuated 260 patients, carrying some of them down 15 flights of stairs to awaiting ambulances ready to take them to the safety of other hospitals.
Ted Wondsel of Point Lookout, owner of Ted's Fishing Station, assesses the Hurricane Sandy-caused damage on Oct. 30, 2012, in Long Beach, New York. Mike
Firefighters work in front of a partially collapsed four-story apartment building in Manhattan.
Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow.
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.
U.S. financial markets will remain closed for a second straight trading day Tuesday.
The full scale of Sandy's wrath has yet to be determined. But according to a government prediction, Sandy's wind damage alone could result in more than $7 billion in economic loss.
Floodwaters rush into the Hoboken PATH station through an elevator shaft.