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New York hit by Hurricane Sandy, subway floods, residents evacuated, power station blows

I’m thinking of my friends in New York tonight as Hurricane Sandy heads inland. Vast chunks of New York have closed down, and there’s already been severe flooding around New Jersey.

Check out the dramatic picture of Hoboken subway station flooding below:

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In New York, around 375,000 residents have been ordered to leave lower Manhattan as the banks of the Hudson and East rivers began overflowing.

At 00:52 my friend Jim in NYC reported:

Total blackout at least in my area anyway. The electrical station a block away just went boom in a bright explosion of blue lights 10 minutes ago. Pitch black now. Creepy. Very very quiet.

Here’s the video of what he saw:

So far, the rain doesn’t seem that bad around Manhattan, with our Welsh correspondent on the streets declaring it to be no worse than a typical Welsh summer at 00:50 GMT, but all the signs are that things will get much worse – and the real danger is going to come from the flood tide.

You can watch the storms on the NY EarthCams or chat about what’s happening on the urban75 bulletin boards.

More info: BBC Storm Sandy updates and Google interactive Crisis Response maps.

Stay safe, NYC people.