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Sandy screws the subway system and MTA (Bloomberg estimates for 4-5 days)

(via @johnboy201)

UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg estimates that it will be a “good 4 or 5 days” before the subway system is back, according to CBS.

As you may have heard, it might be a while before the subways are up and running again…

“The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement.

“Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region,” he said. “It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots.”

Access to Manhattan was crippled.

All seven subway tunnels under the East River are flooded. The Metro-North Railroad, which carried commuters to suburbs north of Manhattan, is without power. Service on PATH trains, which ferry commuters from New Jersey under the Hudson River, has been suspended. [CNN]

Pretty much everything in NYC was cancelled Sunday, Monday, and tonight (10/30), but now that Hurricane Sandy has left its effect on the city it’s difficult to say when things will be running as usual.

Did everyone stay safe during the storm?

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