Hurricane Sandy from the Upper East Side of New York City

Monday Update at 1 p.m.

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FIRST PERSON | MANHATTAN -- Hurricane Sandy is beginning to make its way into New York City and, from the Upper East Side, so, far -- as of 1 p.m., it's bad, but, not yet horrible. Power remains on, the streets still have people and cars and, except for the pending arrival of the really bad weather, it seems like any other day.

Reports from friends and co-workers from the Jersey shore to Long Island say that the ocean is really kicking up and flooding has been anywhere from moderate to very bad. A friend reports that water was coming up to Ocean Avenue in Belmar, N.J., and another friend who decided to stay in her apartment in Battery Park is reporting water on the rise.

Do not be fooled, the worst is yet to come! Rain, wind and flooding will all increasingly worse as the day progresses. Stay inside or head to a shelter. For help and information in New York City regarding Hurricane Sandy, visit OEM here:

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