Sandy slams into New York, sea surge floods streets
NEW YORK (AFP) - Howling winds and a major sea surge thrown up by Hurricane Sandy flooded into New York streets late on Monday US time cutting power and swamping cars in Brooklyn.
The seawater burst the banks of the East and Hudson rivers, rushing into Manhattan cutting power to giant apartment blocks. Fierce 150 kilometre gusts pushed over a crane on a Midtown skyscraper - leaving it dangling - and pulled down the facade of another building.
Tens of thousands of people ignored appeals by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leave the districts at risk. But Mr Bloomberg said the only reported casualty so far was a jogger injured by a falling tree.
New York authorities closed the subway train system and nearly all tunnels and bridges that take traffic off Manhattan as the full force of Sandy hit America's biggest city. Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for 375,000 people at risk from a storm surge but the vast majority decided to brave it out. As night fell, Mr Bloomberg said it may be too late to get away.