Hurricane Sandy Sweeps Through New York PHOTOS

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Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people.

Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people.

The city had shut its mass transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to leave home to get out of the way of the superstorm Sandy as it zeroed in on the nation's largest city.

Residents spent much of the day trying to salvage normal routines, jogging and snapping pictures of the water while officials warned the worst of the storm had not hit.

Here are a few images from superstorm Sandy which has paralyzed the entire city of New York!

Grand Central Terminal

 A closed sign is displayed on a door to Grand Central Terminal in New York, October 29, 2012.

 Floodwaters

 Floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy rush into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson's (PATH) Hoboken, New Jersey station through an elevator shaft in this video frame grab from the NY/NJ Port Authority twitter feed October 29, 2012.

Red Cross shelter

 A woman is evacuated after going into labor at a Red Cross shelter in Hampton Bays, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market.

HMS Bounty

 The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina in this U.S. Coast Guard handout picture taken October 29, 2012. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman and is searching for the captain of the vessel.

Storm surf kicked up

 Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy break onto homes in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012.

fallen tree

 A fallen tree lays along a darkened Sixth Avenue in Chelsea during a blackout believed to be caused by rising river waters as Hurricane Sandy made its approach in New York October 29, 2012. Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, roared ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain near Atlantic City, New Jersey after forcing evacuations, shutting down transportation and interrupting the presidential campaign.

security guard

 A security guard is seen at the New York Stock Exchange in downtown Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy makes its approach in New York

Exchange Place in New Jersey

 People walk on a street at Exchange Place in New Jersey, October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.

man walks

 A man walks through a mostly deserted Times Square ahead of Hurricane Sandy in New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States but even with the severe damage that is expected, the blow to the economy is seen as short-term.

emergency vehicle

An emergency vehicle plows through flood water as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore in Dewey Beach, Delaware, October 29, 2012.

Denitsa Nakova

 L-R: Denitsa Nakova, Abraham Robles, Laura Carrasco and Marilyn Rodriguez let the waves wash over them in Milford, Connecticut as Hurricane Sandy approaches the area October 29, 2012. The monster storm bearing down on the U.S. east coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground.

police vehicles

 Residents, lit by police vehicles, stand outside their homes during a power outage in Lower Manhattan, New York October 29, 2012. New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc ED.N said on Monday that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes.

Flag shreds flap

 Flag shreds flap in the wind and rain in a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.

construction vehicle

 A construction vehicle drives through the flooded streets of the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy makes its way north.

skyline of lower Manhattan

 The skyline of lower Manhattan sits in darkness after a preventive power outage in New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

swing set stands flooded by storm

 A swing set stands flooded by storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

collapsed crane dangles

 A collapsed crane dangles beside a building under construction, as Hurricane Sandy made its approach, in New York October 29, 2012. New York City evacuated neighbors of a nearly completed, 90-story luxury apartment building on Monday after the top of a construction crane collapsed in high winds, prompting fears the crane's boom could crash to the ground.

Flood waters

 Flood waters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012. Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, roared ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain near Atlantic City, New Jersey after forcing evacuations, shutting down transportation and interrupting the presidential campaign.

gas station

A gas station is submerged in floodwaters near the Gowanus Canal in the Brooklyn Borough of New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the United States mainland when it comes ashore on Monday night, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said on Sunday.

police officer patrols

A police officer patrols a neighborhood hit by a power outage in Lower Manhattan, New York October 29, 2012. New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc ED.N said on Monday that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes.

visitor in a bathrobe

 A visitor in a bathrobe does a cartwheel in the rain while visiting Times Square in New York October 29, 2012.

woman secures

 A woman secures a sign on the door of a Red Cross shelter in Hampton Bays, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

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