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NYU Langone and Bellevue hospitals lose power, evacuations underway; smoke, flooding at Bellevue?

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

Praying for all the babies in the NICU and PICU at #nyuhospital. Inspired by nurses & 1st responders running down 9 flights of stairs.#sandy

— Janelle Wolfman (@JanelleWolfman) October 30, 2012

Report from @eyewitnessnyc: Bellevue Hospital’s backup generator is failing. They are preparing to transport pts to other hosps. #Sandy #NYC

— 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

New York’s Bellevue Hospital Center has flooded basement, using emergency backup power, but no injuries reported on.cnn.com/Sbtwhb #Sandy

— 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.”

Amen:

Take care of yourselves, healthcare professionals at #NYUHospital and #Bellevue hospital. #Sandy #hcsmThoughts with you all.

— impactednurse (@impactednurse) October 30, 2012

Thoughts go out to healthcare professionals at #NYUHospital and #Bellevue hospital. #Sandy #hcsmStay safe!

— Ali (@ali_n_wundrland) October 30, 2012

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweets:

Storm surge peaked at 13.88 ft at the Battery. Now 9.81 ft & going down. Power outages and other serious issues remain #NYC #Sandy

— 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:

Manhattan: Photo shot from above the emergencyvehicles evacuating NYU hospital now. @hatzolahnyc twitter.com/HatzolahNYC/st…

— Central Hatzalah EMS (@HatzolahNYC) October 30, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/30/nyu-bellevue-hospitals-lose-power-evacuations-underway-smoke-at-bellevue/

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