It is now 4:16 PM Eastern Time here in New York City and the storm is making its entrance.
Many of our coastal areas and waterways are already flooding, with streets and roadways experiencing flooding.
We have a 50+ story building still under construction in midtown Manhattan - in the vicinity of Carnegie Hall - with a massive rooftop crane that has been mangled by the high winds, resulting in the enforced evacuation of entire city blocks, as emergency engineers try to avoid a major disaster in the midst of wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour at that altitude.
The governor or New York State, along with local officials, have mandated the closing of almost all major bridges, tunnels and highways by 7:00 PM Eastern Time this evening.
Tens of thousands of people are already without power - especially in the suburban areas with trees, which are falling and taking down power lines with them.
The storm is expected to make landfall at Atlantic City, New Jersey in a few hours. Residents of Atlantic City were ordered to evacuate yesterday, and all the casinos and hotels were ordered shut down at 4:00 PM yesterday as well.
So far, here in the Bronx, we are experiencing some hefty gusts of wind, along with a driving light rain. Oddly enough, the temperature is a balmy 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
I will keep posting throughout the evening, as long as we have power.
My sincerest best hopes to those who are also in the path of the storm for the health and safety of you, your families, friends and loved ones.