Hundreds of patients had to be evacuated from NYU Medical Center during the storm when the hospital lost power and backup generators failed. The staff had to stabilize and carry people down flights of stairs using only flashlights to illuminate their path. Babies and infants on ventilators were helped by nurses hand-pumping air into their chests.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta was given exclusive access to the NICU at The Mt. Sinai Hospital, where 10 babies were transferred from NYU. He reports on a baby girl, Emma, who weighed only 2 lbs. when she had to be moved about 70 blocks from NYU Langone Medical Center. Her parents found out their child needed to be evacuated when they were watching one of Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences on T.V. But they lost power, and were stuck in New Jersey desperate to be with Emma.
Mayor Bill Akers says Seaside Heights, New Jersey, will need help building from the ground up after the storm. When Anderson Cooper spoke with him Tuesday night, Akers was trying to acquire 100 gallons of diesel fuel to keep the police station and the borough hall operating. The town's evacuation efforts were about 98% complete.
"If you don't see it, you just can't fully understand it and as you're going through it – I'm not ashamed to say I'm overwhelmed. I feel so small against what we have to do going forward here," says Akers about the devastation.
Mike Long describes the personal loss and damage from fires and flooding in his Breezy Point, Queens, neighborhood. "It's mind boggling to see photos of it," he says about the charred remains of his house. His son's home was also burnt to the ground and his other children have severe water damage in their houses.
Charles Rosenbaum recounts what happened when the hospital lost power after his baby was born in New York during Sandy.
CNN's Gary Tuchman reports from Hoboken, New Jersey, where thousands are trapped in their homes due to flooding. In parts of the city the water is four or five ft. deep, and there are live power lines that could be deadly. Gary was with the mayor and a police office when they saw two people trying to drive, then push their car through the flooded streets. The officer got in the water and picked up both the man and the woman and lifted them into a dump truck, with assistance from Gary and Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Anderson Cooper reports live at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on the devastating impact of the deadly storm. Millions are still without power and search and rescue operations continue. Tonight, details from Anderson and our correspondents across the Northeast.
The worst of the storm may have passed in certain parts of the Northeast, but Sandy is not over. Residents are still experiencing intense and sometimes dire situations. Today police and other emergency personnel continue rescue operations, fight fires and pump water out of flood areas.
Nearly 8 million customers are without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to figures compiled by CNN from local power companies. In the U.S., 30 people have died from the extreme conditions. The total death toll, including Canada, Haiti, and the Caribbean is 98.
Reporter's Note: President Obama and Mitt Romney remain focused on the storm that swept through the Northeast, as do I.
Dear Mr. President,
As I read up on the damage from the big storm, I could not help but find myself focusing on the stark contrast between the good and bad news. This was an absolutely massive storm slamming into one of the most populated geographic regions in the world. The potential for unbelievable loss of lives and homes was very real. Tragically, some people did lose their lives, and more lost their houses.
So what is the good news? This truly is a case in which it could have been much, much, much worse. Ask the people of New Orleans. Or the Gulf Coast. Or Joplin, Missouri. In terms of the direct, human cost of this storm, the whole area came out remarkably well. Maybe that is because leaders and the media did a good warning people to get ready. Maybe it’s because the storm behaved a little differently than we expected. Maybe we were just lucky. No matter the cause, we can all be thankful for all the lives and homes that made it through with little or no damage.
But then there is the other part of the equation which is demonstrably bad. The impact on the infrastructure and economy of the region is profound and could last for a substantial amount of time. The Northeast is a massive economic engine that drives employment for millions of people within its area and far beyond. Losing railroad lines, electricity, subways, airports, roads, and days of commerce in that critical part of the country will cost many billions of dollars…real money that will not be recovered. Towns will lose businesses as a result of this storm. Surviving businesses will lose income. And people will lose jobs.
The people who lost friends or family will never be the same, of course, and we can only mourn with them. Those who lost their homes will also be forever changed by the experience, and will largely have to chart their own private ways forward. But the rest of it…the long slow struggle to rebuild what was lost and restore fully the communities that were stricken…that is something with which we might all be able to assist. And judging from what I’ve already seen, there are plenty of Americans who will be happy to help.
Call if you can.
Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is misinformed about evacuations in his city. He tells Anderson Cooper he's focusing on helping the people in his city.
On Monday, Mayor Dawn Zimmer tells Anderson Cooper about the biggest threats in Hoboken, New Jersey, after flooding from Sandy.