As of shortly before 5 p.m., the wrath of Hurricane Sandy knocked out electrical service to 68,700 people, Con Ed reported, and the number is likely to grow, as heavy winds knock trees into overhead wires.
The utility said it is also monitoring flooding conditions that could be at their most severe tonight. Con Edison has notified Manhattan customers from 36th Street south that the company may have to shut off their electrical service if the underground electrical equipment becomes inundated with water.
At 5:50 p.m., Stuyvesant Town sent out an emailed notice to residents to not use elevators and to stay in their apartments. Residents with special needs are asked to call public safety at (212) 598-5233.
Con Edison has also cut steam service to 140 customers in Manhattan. If steam pipes become inundated in water on the outside, the difference in temperature can make them dangerous, the utility warned. Stuyvesant Town lost steam service this morning.
Con Ed customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at http://www.conEd.com. They also can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).
At 3 p.m. Janet Handal, president of the Waterside Tenants Association, said, “We expect to lose power at some point this afternoon.”
Handal said she opted to stay put, despite the fact that Waterside Plaza is in Zone A, a mandatory-evacuation area.
“Biggest concern here is storm surge flooding which will flood our garage and the elevator shafts, which is what happened with Irene,” she said. “We have been told that Con Ed will shut down the power about 6 p.m. They have shut down three out of four elevators at this time.”
A shop on First Avenue is ready for Sandy. Photo by Michael Alcamo
At this time, the mayor has announced that schools will remain closed tomorrow as will after school programs, PAL programs, senior centers and libraries.
During a press conference this morning, Bloomberg explained that there would be “no chance” that mass transit would be running in time to serve the city.
Emergency shelters, however, have been open throughout the city with the current total of people in them at 3,900. The total number of pets at this time is 73, the mayor said, and the emergency shelter closest to the Stuyvesant Town/Gramercy area is Baruch College at 155 East 24th Street.
Waterside Plaza, which is in the mandatory evacuation Zone A area, has been evacuated, although, as noted by the property’s general manager Peter Davis this morning, management can’t force people to leave, nor can police. However, he said residents seemed to have mostly been cooperative after management sent out robo-calls reminding residents that Mayor Bloomberg ordered the evacuation.
Last year, Waterside Plaza experienced some flooding due to Hurricane Irene, and management is bracing for flooding this time as well.
Campos Plaza is also in Zone A. Bloomberg said earlier that the city was running buses into the city’s public housing developments that were in the evacuation area, but that the service wouldn’t be offered for much longer.
“The City is running buses for the next hour or so but that’s going to stop because it just becomes too dangerous to run the buses,” the mayor said in an official statement.
He added that the city had placed flyers, knocked on doors and made phone calls to reach
All is quiet on the Oval on Monday morning. Photo by Michael Alcamo
people in every NYCHA development since Friday. Additionally, police were at the developments telling people through loudspeaker that they had to evacuate.
Council Member Dan Garodnick alerted residents via email last night that CW Capital/CompassRock had added extra personnel to the property to prepare for the storm.
For those who have yet to do their hurricane shopping, Gristedes on First Avenue is still open. An employee there said the store was out of batteries, but there was still plenty of water. She added that it wasn’t known yet how late the store would be open. An employee at Associated Supermarket on 14th Street told Town & Village shortly before 1 p.m. that the store had just closed, but that the staff hopes to open tomorrow. Nasser Hashesh, owner of Lenz’s Deli on East 20th Street, said his store is still open for business and still serving food. Since Stuyvessant Town is currently without hot water, employees were heating water “the old fashioned way” to wash dishes and the store just got a delivery of bottles water this morning. Hashesh said the store would probably remain open tonight until 7 or 8 p.m.
This morning truly seemed to be the calm before the storm throughout the Stuyvesant Town area, as photos sent in by readers have shown the Oval empty except for a security officer and determined joggers who still conducted their workouts around Stuyvesant Square Park.
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CW Capital/CompassRock has just sent out the following resident alert via email:
IN PREPARATION OF THE IMPENDING HURRICANE, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING UPDATES AND REMINDERS:
MANAGEMENT IS TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO MAINTAIN VITAL PROPERTY SERVICES. WE HAVE SECURED EMERGENCY GENERATORS FOR THE WATER PUMPS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN DOMESTIC WATER IN CASE POWER GOES OUT.
CON EDISON ADVISED US THAT MAIN STEAM VAULTS IN OUR AREA HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN. THIS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF HOT WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS SHUTDOWN WILL NOT AFFECT COLD WATER AT THIS TIME. DO NOT VENTURE OUT UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE LOBBY IS CLOSED –
– FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 911
– FOR RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CALL PUBLIC SAFETY AT 212-598-5233 OR PRESS OPTION 2
– MANAGEMENT WILL BE RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE REQUESTS ONLY, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE CONTINUE TO REFER TO THE OEM WEBSITE REGARDING CITYWIDE ALERTS AND UPDATES: