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Mammoth storm shutters NYC, sends crane dangling

Monday - 10/29/2012, 8:28pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the worst is about to hit his city.

The threat of an 11-foot wall of water has prompted officials to close the mass transit system and consider cutting power to Wall Street and all of lower Manhattan to avoid saltwater damage.

A crane is also dangling from about 75 stories above the street from a luxury high-rise under construction in Midtown Manhattan. That's forced the evacuation of nearly residents and the closing of streets.

On coastal Long Island, floodwaters swamped cars, downed trees and put neighborhoods under water as beachfronts and fishing villages bore the brunt of the storm. A police car was lost rescuing 14 people from the popular resort Fire Island.

The storms forced the closure of Wall Street for two days. Several bridges and tunnels throughout the day closed as the weather worsened.

Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported.

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APPHOTO NYRD113: A woman uses her mobile phone to photograph New York Harbor at Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Defiant New Yorkers jogged, pushed strollers and took snapshots of churning New York Harbor on Monday, trying to salvage normal routines in a city with no trains, schools and an approaching mammoth storm. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO FLWL101: A red hurricane symbol for Hurricane Sandy on a map at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJM109: A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJM110: A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (29 Oct 2012)

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