Originally called a hurricane, weather experts are now referring to the storm as a huge hybrid that hit New Jersey and New York City Monday night.
Mayor Bloomberg shut down subways across the New York City area on Sunday night including PATH trains to New Jersey, LIRR and bus services.
Earlier that day, Bloomberg told New Yorkers in Zone A, totaling 375,000 residents, to evacuate, and warned that all elevators in public housing buildings would be shut down by 7 p.m.
Businesses and schools were also closed for Monday and Tuesday.
As the storm progressed on Monday, thousands of people lost power and were flooded, several were killed and a fire destroyed approximately 80 homes in the Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point.
In Midtown Manhattan, a crane on the 70th floor of an apartment complex collapsed as nearby residents evacuated the building due to high winds and dangerous conditions.
Police in Flushing also reported that a 30-year-old man was killed after a tree pinned him on 166th Street. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, were also killed in North Salem, Westchester County, after a tree fell on their house, according to police.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office made a statement late Monday night that there had been at least five deaths in the state, with three from tree accidents caused by the storm. The death toll in the city stood at 10 as of press time, but was continuing to rise.
With the number of trees falling from the Sandy's destruction, 911 calls were overflowing, and city officials urged residents to use 311 as a way to report tree-fallings instead.
Thousands of New Yorkers also lost power. According to the U.S. Energy Department, 3.6 million homes and businesses were knocked out of power in New York yesterday as of 8 p.m.
NYU Langone Medical Center was one of the organizations to lose power due to problems with the storm on Monday night, forcing patients and staff to evacuate. The same was true for Coney Island Hospital in southern Brooklyn.
Kate Zidar, the executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance, said that as of last night there is also widespread flooding from an overflow of the Newtown Creek in Greenpoint.
With the city preparing to feel the damage of the storm for days or weeks to come, shelters services are available for those in need.