Superstorm Sandy: Live Updates

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Superstorm Sandy: Live Updates
Superstorm Sandy: Live Updates (ABC News)

7:21 AM EDT: The storm surge moved a 170-foot-long tanker to land in Staten Island, New York.

7:13 AM EDT: The Associated Press is reporting that Sandy is responsible for 16 deaths in seven states.

6:55 AM EDT: A spokesperson for NYU Medical Center tells WABC's Stacey Sager that the hospital is still assessing the outage and its cause(s). The hospital has eight different generators, including at least one on a higher floor. They do not think they all went out but if in fact some are still working, it is not enough to power the whole hospital.

6:33 AM EDT: A spokesperson for Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency tells ABC News's Matthew Jaffe that a second person has died from the storm.

6:13 AM EDT: Atlantic City has a boil water advisory for all residents and all shelters are filled to capacity.

6:02 AM EDT: President Obama has signed disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey.

5:49 AM EDT: A levee was breached overnight in Bergen County, N.J., according to Bergen County OEM PIO, Gina Jeanne Beratta. Minor injuries have been reported and rescue efforts are underway. Beratta says that hundred of people will need to be rescued.

5:00 AM EDT: PSE&G tells WABC that New Jersey has more than 2.3 million power outages.

3:44 AM EDT: FDNY says over 50 homes have been destroyed by the Breezy Point fire. It has been upgraded to a six-alarm fire. As of last count, there were 198 firefighters on the scene.

3:37 AM EDT: The FDNY now says 15 buildings are on fire in the Rockaways. Fire officials say the fire is difficult to fight because of heavy winds and the houses are close together. No people have been pulled out of houses and 145 firefighters are working the scene.

3:05 AM EDT: Nearly five million without power after Hurricane Sandy. New Jersey has been the hardest hit with more than 1.9 million without power.

1:55 AM EDT: MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said that seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded during the storm. It is not yet known when service will be restored. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (aka Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) is flooded and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water, Lhota said in a statement.

1:45 AM EDT: More than 10 houses are on fire in Breezy Point, Queens and the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, according to the FDNY. The FDNY has more than 100 firefighters on the scene but are having trouble reaching the fires because of the flooding. No reports of any injuries at this time.

1:17 AM EDT: ABC News' Jim DuBreuil sent this photo of a fire in the Breezy Point section of Brooklyn, N.Y.

1:00 AM EDT: At least 13 deaths in the U.S. blamed on Sandy, according to the Associated Press.

12:45 AM EDT: CLICK HERE for the full story on the evacuation at NYU Medical Center.

12:24 AM EDT: Sloan Kettering Hospital spokesman Chris Hickey confirmed to ABC News' Gitika Ahuja that it is receiving 26 adult patients from NYU, at their request. Hickey said she didn't know whether they had been admitted yet or what their conditions were.

12:22 AM EDT: Parts of lower Manhattan lose power after explosion at power station.

12:07 AM EDT: About 200 patients have been moved out of NYU Medical Center by private ambulances with assistance from the fire department.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 11:55 PM EDT: WABC is reporting that a fire is burning several buildings in Rockaway Park, Queens.

11:46 PM EDT: A full evacuation of the NYU Medical Center is underway due to loss of power and backup generator, according to the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

11:44 PM EDT: Con Ed said they have 670,000 customers out in New York City and Westchester, according to WABC's Adam Stephan.

11:30 PM EDT: Many ambulances are outside NYU Lagone Medical Center and empty stretchers and being brought into the hospital, according to WABC's Kemberly Richardson. The first patients are coming out of the hospital into the waiting ambulances, including an infant.

11:25 PM EDT:More than four million without power, according to the latest estimate. Post tropical cyclone Sandy still packing hurricane-force winds, according to latest NOAA advisory.

11:12 PM EDT: As the evacuation of NYU Lagone Medical Center in Manhattan gets underway, ABC News' Chris Murphey reports a long line of ambulances is lined up at the hospital in readiness to move patients to other facilities. Other ABC News staffers report that nearby hospitals including Sloan Kettering, are getting ready to accept numerous patients.

10:58 PM EDT: New York City officials confirm that an evacuation is underway at New York University Langone Medical Center. The backup generators at the hospital have failed. The number evacuated is unknown at this time.

10:20 PM EDT: The National Weather Service reports a record high water level of 13.88 feet was set at the Battery in lower Manhattan at 9:24 pm, breaking the oldest official record of 10.02 feet, set during 1960's Hurricane Donna.

10:18 PM EDT: United States Geological Survey warns heavy rainfall south of Philadelphia, Pa., could trigger landslides.

10:05 PM EDT: New York authorities say there is flooding in two major commuter tunnels as well as subway stations and tracks.

10:02 PM EDT: "By midnight tonight we expect surge to recede… Things have gotten tough, but we expect to get through things together as the city always does," said Bloomberg, who added low tide will come early Tuesday morning.

9:59 PM EDT: NYC Mayor Bloomberg says stuck cars on city roadways are blocking emergency vehicles and urges residents to only call 911 in an emergency.

9:58 PM EDT: WATCH LIVE, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg press conference.

9:43 PM EDT: More than 2 millions customers without power, according to latest estimates.

9:24 PM EDT: A Connecticut man was killed by a falling tree limb, the first storm-related death in that state, said state police.

9:19 PM EDT: Much of lower Manhattan, from East to West, has been plunged into darkness.

9:10 PM EDT: New York State officials tells ABC News there have been five deaths in the state, three children in Westchester County, one death in Ulster County, and one death in Queens.

8:53 PM EDT: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo surveys storm surge breaching the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

8:40 PM EDT: Much of lower Manhattan below 30th Street is without power.

8:29 PM EDT: "If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling #Halloween," Tweets N.J. Gov. Chris Christie.

8:06 PM EDT: A 29-year-old Queens, N.Y. man was killed by a falling tree limb, the first reported storm-related death in New York City.

8:02 PM EDT: Superstorm Sandy has made landfall along the coast of Southern New Jersey, according to the National Hurricane Center.

7:57 PM EDT: NYPD say no injuries following facade collapse at New York City apartment building.

7:50 PM EDT: New York City pulls the plug on the Statue of Liberty's torch.

7:14 PM EDT: New York City authorities shut down power in Lower Manhattan's financial district in anticipation of increased flooding from storm surge.

7:11 PM EDT: Sandy downgraded to a post-tropical storm but still packing powerful 85 mph winds.

7:00 PM EDT: National Hurricane Center reports Sandy's "center [is] expected to make landfall within the next hour or so."

6:54 PM EDT: Evacuation updates state by state.

6:50 PM EDT: Maryland secretary of health confirms one death from storm-related crash.

6:07 PM EDT: To view breathtaking images of Hurricane Sandy, click here.

6:06 PM EDT: One crew member of the tall ship HMS Bounty remains missing. He has been identified as Robin Walbridge, 63.

(For continuing live stream coverage of Hurricane Sandy, click here.)

6:00 PM EDT: New York City power company ConEdison warns residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas, and Manhattan residents living below 36th Street, that they "may have to shut off their electrical service if the underground electrical equipment becomes inundated with water."

5:42 PM EDT: As of 5:15 p.m. Eastern time, an estimated 1,258,923 people in 10 states are without power.

5:34 PM EDT: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie chastises Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for advising residents to take shelter rather than evacuate following his order. "We are expecting landfall in the Atlantic City area sometime in the next hour. … We are no longer able to rescue people," said Christie, adding that he would not order emergency workers into the city until tomorrow morning. "For those people who ignored my warnings, this is what you have to deal with now," he said.

5:31 PM EDT: "This image should give all New Yorkers a real fright," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the boardwalk at Long Beach, N.Y. where the storm surge has breached sand berms.

5:29 PM EDT: As of 5 p.m. Eastern, Sandy is 40 miles from Atlantic City, and at the current forward speed is 1 hour from land fall.