Aftermath of Sandy: JFK to Reopen, LaGuardia Closed Indefinitely, Buses Return, Millions Without Power

By Paul Riegler on 30 October 2012
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New York traffic remained sparse Tuesday afternoon

One day after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States, millions of people in the Northeast remained without power as some services slowly returned to normal.

More than 7,000 flights were cancelled on Tuesday according to, a flight-tracking service, bringing the total number of cancellations caused by Hurricane Sandy to over 18,000.  New York’s LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports were the most affected with 1,200 cancellations each.

Some airports reopened albeit with limited flights including Boston and Philadelphia.  Delta and some foreign carriers were operating flights into and out of Washington-Dulles and Delta was also operating a limited schedule at Baltimore-Washington and Reagan National.

Meanwhile, the major New York City airports remained closed although John F. Kennedy International Airport is slated to open on Wednesday according to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, while LaGuardia will remain closed indefinitely due to flooding.

In New York City, buses started to operate on some routes Tuesday afternoon, as officials began to restore the city’s public-transit system.  But due to the extensive flooding of the subway tunnels, floodwaters reached the ceiling at the South Ferry subway station, restoration of full service could take days.  To compensate, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials rearranged bus routes to compensate for the closed subway system.

Commuter rail systems were severely impacted by flooding as well.  NJ Transit suspended operations indefinitely thanks to power lines and trees which fell on transit rail routes, tunnels used by the Long Island Railroad were flooded, and Metro-North was without power from 59th Street in Manhattan to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line, and as far as New Haven on the New Haven Line.

Bridges leading to and from Manhattan reopened on Tuesday.  This included the George Washington, Goethals and Bayonne bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing from the west as well as the Brookyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Ed Koch Queensborough bridges from the east.   The Lincoln Tunnel had remained open during the storm; the Holland Tunnel and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel remain closed due to extensive water damage.

Meanwhile, close to eight million people in the Northeast remain without power and it will take up to a week to restore service to them.


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