Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Sunday @ 9a... It's All About Flooding In NYC

With rain now battering New York for more than 12 hours, Hurricane Irene is beginning to wreak havoc on the low-lying areas of Manhattan, with the Hudson and East Rivers cresting onto walkways and into the streets (and sadly, buildings) in Battery Park and the Jersey coast facing New York. Wind is no longer an issue in NYC, but the water is getting ugly.

Above is a foggy view looking into Manhattan just before 9 a.m. Sunday. On the Brooklyn side at the bottom of the image, you can see water about to flood over concrete platforms where the future Brooklyn Bridge Park will be built. Fortunately, this view is some 50 feet below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, so there is little danger of flooding in my nabe.Eerie... The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on a typical day, left; and before 9 a.m. Sunday.The Brooklyn Heights Promenade before 9 a.m. Sunday. One solitary figure stands in the far distance.