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Explosion at New York substation; facade falls off building (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON – New York City was especially hard-hit by Sandy. See video below of some of the storm’s damage.

Late Monday, an explosion at a substation at 14th Street and FDR Drive in New York City contributed to power outages in the area. No one was injured, and it was not clear whether the explosion was caused by flooding or by flying debris.

The facade of a four-story building in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood crumbled and collapsed, leaving the lights, couches, cabinets and desks inside visible from the street. No one was hurt.

A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise collapsed in the high winds and dangled precariously 74 floors above the street. Forecasters said the wind at the top the building may have been close to 95 mph.

A huge fire destroyed at least 50 flooded homes in the Breezy Point section of New York City’s Queens Borough. An FDNY spokesman says nearly 200 firefighters were on the scene.

A large tanker ship teeters Wednesday off the coast of Staten Island following the onslaught of Superstorm Sandy.

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