Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Internet tops TV

Hours of watching storm coverage on TV told me very little. They couldn't see the forest for the trees. All I wanted to hear about was the Big Thing: how are the subway tunnels and how is downtown Manhattan? Nada. All they showed me was flooded parking lots.

However, one minute after calling up the Huffington Post (whose site is hobbled by the storm, by the way) I learned:
As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water.
That is huge. The city will be hobbled for a long time. Thanks, internet! (The "Hugh L. Carey Tunnel", by the way, is the Holland Tunnel. I hope everyone continues to call it by its former name. Hugh L. Carey, indeed. Bah, humbug!)