Nightly News | October 29, 2012
>>> we want to go back to the southern tip of manhattan, meteorologist jim cantore , first stationed there yesterday, has been with us all the way through. and jim, i understand we just passed something of a rubicon, regarding the water height which i see now.
>> reporter: yeah, here it is brian, coming up over the sea wall , you can see it here, lapping up, obviously not normal. you can see the surge at seven feet, coupled with the in-coming tide, so we have a long way to go. and there is a potential for it to get much, much higher. we've seen all the way to jersey city , power flashes, i have to wonder if it is because of the water getting into the area, running into battery circle in lower manhattan . we have been saying all long there is the potential to have a higher surge than what we had in irene, given the fact that the subway system could flood higher than with irene, we think we'll be higher than that. brian. so with that said, the water will probably get this high. that is the kind of water rise we'll see by the time the high tide is over with in about an hour, we'll keep pulling back as the water goes and eventually head to higher ground . and hopefully, this won't get up as high as canal street , because that may be where we eventually wind up.
>> this is salt water , which doesn't mix well with the subway system underground or with underground substations.
>> reporter: no, and that means they will have to shut down the wer, so con-ed will probably shut that power down very, very soon. it is one thing if you get the water in there and there is live electricity, there is just a massive, massive amount of repair repairs and months' worth of repairs, but if they shut that down potentially, just getting the water out, pumping it out could take a couple of days. so the big difference there when you support the transportation of 8.5 million people a day. the hudson river , we have that coming over the sea wall , at the battery, just the worst of the storm getting under way here for new york city . we just had a 90 miles an hour wind gust at islip, so the wind coming here with the sea wall , the crossing of the sea wall with this surge. so the worst for new york city , in the next certainly two to three hours.
>> all right, jim cantore , southern