CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on a mother whose two young boys were swept away by powerful floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy. She says she asked a man if they could escape the storm inside his house, but he said no. The man believed to live at the house she went to denies having seen the family.
As Sandy battered the Northeast Monday night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo watched the water pour into the streets of downtown Manhattan. He describes the experience as "disorienting and frightening."
"It was truly frightening to say the least because, first it was all dark, all you hear is water in every direction...and again, you didn't know when it was going to stop and you're in the middle of building this building which has taken so long and a lot of the site is at a very delicate, precarious area because it's under construction," says Cuomo.
The September 11 museum under the memorial filled with water during the storm, and it's still being pumped out from below ground. Steve Plake, the lead engineer for the World Trade Center Project, says 20 million gallons were removed and there are between 150 – 200 million gallons remaining at the site.
Anderson Cooper honors victims of the storm: Russell Neary, Richard and Beth Everett, and Claudene Christian.
Anderson Cooper talks to Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro about the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy. Staten Island was hit hard, suffering the most storm-related fatalities in New York.
Anderson Cooper reports on the progress and setbacks three days after Sandy devastated the Northeast.
CNN's Jason Carroll goes down into South Ferry Station in New York City with an MTA official to see how badly it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. "The electrical systems, the fare collection systems, the lighting systems, the stairways, the ventilation systems, the elevators, the escalators - they're all pretty much ruined from the water damage," says MTA's Chief Infrastructure Officer Frank Jezycki.
Reporter's Note: President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning like there are no tomorrows left in this election. And they are nearly right…
Dear Mr. President,
You seem to be holding a slight advantage in most of the polls I saw today of battle ground states. Can’t say my survey was exhaustive since I just looked at whatever parachuted into my e-mail and a variety of websites, but it looks like you have reason to feel at least cautiously optimistic about next Tuesday. Then again, Governor Romney remains in easy striking distance in all of them, so he has some reason for optimism too.
Which brings me to an interesting distinction between winning…and winning decisively.
Although fans of both you and Mr. Romney will likely take exception, I am going to say that neither of you is going to win decisively. Oh sure, one of you will rack up enough electoral votes to wrench a concession speech from your opponent, wave to a cheering crowd, and drop the balloons. But neither of you is likely to grab the sort of unmistakable advantage that would suggest the country has rallied behind one person or one central approach to government. The number of people who vote for the winner will probably be very, very close to the number of people who voted against him.
Neither of you can really claim a mandate. Either will face huge challenges convincing Congress to go along with plans because up on Capitol Hill…well, people can count…and they’ll know what they are dealing with is a “barely” president.
I mention this not to depress you or Mr. Romney, but to point out what I think has to be item number one on the new agenda: Finding consensus. Despite all the bellyaching from both parties about the lack of cooperation across the aisle, I think the next president must suss out a way to solve that intractable problem. Unless the next Commander in Chief can truly convince the nation…and its lawmakers…that he is there for everyone; that he respects the ideas of others, including the opposition; and that he is intent on not merely being in charge, but in actually leading…his presidency will be unproductive and forgettable.
So best of luck in the next few days, to you and your opponent…and here is hoping that as soon as the race is done, true, meaningful healing with start.
Margot Condon is the NYU Langone Medical Center NICU nurse seen in a picture that went viral this week. In the photo, she’s holding a small baby, just 8 hours old, and pumping air into its lungs outside the hospital during the emergency evacuation. Backup generators failed during Superstorm Sandy and the medical staff was tasked with safely transferring everyone to other facilities.
It took a team of at least six people to get the fragile patient safely down nine flights of stairs in the dark. They had to coordinate their movements, each with a different job. The doctor was there, the security guard with an oxygen tank, the father and others assisting. The baby’s mother was still hospitalized during the dramatic mission.
CNN’s Randi Kaye has a report tonight on the ticking time bomb along parts of the Jersey Shore - natural gas lines broken after Superstorm Sandy and leaking gas.
The Mayor of Matoloking, New Jersey shut down the town today due to the danger. From Point Pleasant Beach to Seaside Park, and even further south on Long Beach Island, they’re in crisis mode dealing with the natural gas leak. In many of the towns there is a strong gas smell, and survivors fear their neighborhood might explode.
New Jersey Natural Gas has responded to 1,300 gas leaks. The work is dangerous and tedious. Randi will show you how crews have been digging in the sand in a desperate search for some of the trouble areas. Gas crews have started to turn the system off, but it must be done a certain way. Randi will have the latest developments.
Police in Staten Island, New York have found the bodies of two brothers, Brandon and Connor Moore, swept out of their mother’s arms by floodwaters during Superstorm Sandy. The grim discovery was made this morning by NYPD divers in a marsh.
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says the boys, ages 4 and 2, were found “maybe a block or two from where [their mother] lost them.” The parents were there when police found the boys.
CNN’s Gary Tuchman will have this emotional story tonight on AC360°. According to police, the boys’ mother, Glenda, stopped at a man’s house after her SUV hit a hole during the storm. She begged for help and asked to come inside, but that man said no.