Twitchy told you earlier about power outages hitting New York City. The night took a more ominous turn as backup generators failed at two major hospitals — NYU Langone and Bellevue. FDNY is leading evacuations at both institutions, including the evacuation of babies from NYU Langone’s neonatal intensive care unit. In addition to the generator failure at Bellevue, at least one journalist on Twitter is reporting smoke at that hospital. Keep the patients, medical staff, and first responders all in your prayers.
FDNY: At Bellevue Hospital smoke in the basement; shut down the generator, smoke clearing. Nothing going right there tonight
— Donald R. Winslow (@donaldrwinslow) October 30, 2012
FDNY scanner: Power in NYU Tisch Hospital failed, nurses in pediatric ICU manually bagging patients on ventilators, emergency evacuation.
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) October 30, 2012
You, carrying babies out of the NICU at NYU Hospital down 9 flights of stairs in the dark? You are incredible, we all love you. #fdny
— John Piercy(@johncpiercy) October 30, 2012
I cannot imagine having a baby in the NICU, let alone having them evacuated midst a hurricane down 9 flights of stairs.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) October 30, 2012
NYC officials confirm evacuation underway at NYU Langone Medical Center. Backup generators at the hospital have failed abcn.ws/XFRCEF
— ABC News (@ABC) October 30, 2012
Manhattan: According to FDNY Bellevue Hospital lost power and has one hour of generator power left, Evacuation in progress.
— NY Scanner (@NYScanner) October 30, 2012
— Janelle Wolfman (@JanelleWolfman) October 30, 2012
— CatsPolitics (@CatsPolitics) October 30, 2012
via @fredmogul OEM confirms Bellevue Hospital was running out of power. No details how many patients were affected or where they were going.
— WNYC Radio (@WNYC) October 30, 2012
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 30, 2012
My Fox News NY has video footage of the NYU evacuation and reports:
Fox 5’s Brian Quinn reported from outside the medical center that dozens of ambulances were apparently loading patients to be moved to other hospitals.
Bloomberg said that city workers were helping with the evacuation.
“Due to the severity of Hurricane Sandy and the higher than expected storm surge, we are in the process of transferring approximately 215 patients within the medical center to near by facilities,” NYU Langone said in a statement. “We are having intermittent telephone access issues and for this reason the receiving hospital will notify families of their relatives arrival.”
— impactednurse (@impactednurse) October 30, 2012
— Ali (@ali_n_wundrland) October 30, 2012
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweets:
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) October 30, 2012
Update on Bellevue from a New York state legislator:
@gothamist Bellevue has secured more fuel. There may be a small number of patients relocated eventually, but there’s no evacuation here now.
— NYS Assemblymember (@BrianKavanaghNY) October 30, 2012
Update on NYU Langone evacuation:
— Central Hatzalah EMS (@HatzolahNYC) October 30, 2012