TODAY | November 01, 2012
>> kerry sanders above breezy point, queens, which is one of the hardest hit areas. hey, kerry.
>> reporter: let me take you outside and look down here. and what we're looking at here is sort of a combination of that incredible storm surge that came in and rearranged the geography here. such a wall of water built up by this tremendous arrival of sandy. but at the same time, an additional complication here. some of the communities that were preparing for the storm along the coast actually cut electricity off. but here they left the electricity on. and it's still uncertain what caused this fire. but as you see right in there, about 80 homes that were caught on fire because the fire ignited one and then it began to spread. and of course in the middle of the storm, there was no way to fight that fire. some people decided to ride this storm out in their homes and then had to deal with the fire and were able to evacuate. one of the things that's interested today versus yesterday is that we see some more standing water that has made its way into this community. so while the waters are receding, we still have these high tides, unusually high tides, and you can see some of that water there that has arrived and is now a little deeper today than it was yesterday, guys.
>> just give people perspective. breezy point is on a peninsula, the southern end of the peninsula that's across the bay from kennedy airport . and you look across the same section of that bay and you have the manhattan skyline in