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NEW YORK CITY-It’s been more than 190 years since Lower Manhattan was hit head-on by a hurricane, but thanks to a record-breaking storm surge, the weather system known variously as Hurricane Sandy, Extra-Tropical Cyclone Sandy and Frankenstorm wreaked more than enough havoc in the neighborhood even though landfall was about 100 miles south of the city. As of late Thursday afternoon, much of the area was still without power, a mandatory evacuation order remained in effect, subway service below 34th Street remained suspended and Downtown’s major office landlords continued to assess the impact of seawater flooding on building operations.

In a statement, Silverstein Properties Inc. said it had assessed its three building sites at the World Trade Center redevelopment and found no structural damage to any of them, including 4 World Trade Center, which topped out earlier this year. “The only major issues at present are water and restoration of electrical service,” according to SPI’s statement. “Neither problem is expected to significantly impact the overall construction schedule. The process of pumping water out of B4–the lowest basement level of towers 2, 3 and 4–is already well under way.”

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