High winds are increasing across the NYC Metro area at this hour, and have resulted in a partial building collapse in the Chelsea area, at 8th Avenue and 13th Street. Fortunately, reports indicate that no one was injured, including firefighters that were inside of the structure at the time.
We are hearing of multiple reports of tree, powerline and structural damage as winds increase across the city. Unfortunately, we're also hearing of situations where firefighters cannot reach a particular location due to high and rising water, especially on Staten Island, Lower Manhattan, and parts of Brooklyn.
The latest flood gauge reading at The Battery was 11.25 feet, which shatters the old record set back in 1821. As if this weren't bad enough, we still have about 2 hours to go until high tide, which means the water will continue to rise:
ConEdison is having to shut down power in parts of Manhattan due to water flooding underground tunnels that contain the power lines, etc.
We still have several more hours of high winds to contend with across this region, as well as several more hours of high water.
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