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In Manhattan, Storm Leaves Behind Trail Of Empty Streets

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Residents living in and around Lower Manhattan were quick to notice the lack of movement Tuesday in what's normally a bustling section of the city. NY1's Annika Pergament filed the following report.

When daylight came the severe and widespread damage from Hurricane Sandy was painfully clear.

"Nothing is going on, no traffic lights, no street lights there's cops everywhere. There's just debris and wetness everywhere," said one Manhattan resident.

In Lower Manhattan, which would normally be bustling, it was eerily calm.

"It's amazing, surreal. It's unbelievable. I work downtown so it was actually quite interesting just to see all the empty streets and walk around," said one Lower Manhattan resident.

"It's like an apocalypse or something," noted another Lower Manhattan resident.

Resident Jason Bell holed up at the TriBeCa Grand Hotel having heeded orders to evacuate his home in Battery Park.

"We're here with my parents, my in-laws, we were in the middle of our 2-year-old's birthday party when they evacuated us so it was kind of a pain," Bell said.

In the hour before sunrise, block after darkened block was illuminated by flashing lights.

"We've been taking out cars that are stuck in water, moving trees, everything. Just crazy, real crazy," said Danny Semiday, a tow truck operator.

The ride in was treacherous for anyone on the roads. The driver of one MTA vehicle was in the West Village when a tree limb smashed his windshield. His partner was waiting for his assignment, but knew one thing for certain: He will have his work cut out for him.

He, and millions of other New Yorkers will still have to deal with the chaos, damage and uncertainty caused by the worst storm to hit the city in memory.

Meantime, Wall Street and the the New York Stock Exchange remained dark Tuesday but is expected to reopen Wednesday. The last time it was shuttered due to weather was a blizzard in 1888.

The only other scheduled closure of the stock exchange for this length of time was in the aftermath of the September 11th terror attacks.

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