Deluge Hits Atlantic Venues

Northeastern venues took a bruising during recent storms that wreaked havoc on the Atlantic region.

The roof of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., was hit, causing three pieces of aluminum façade to fall from the ceiling prior to a March 13 New York Islanders hockey game.

In Atlantic City, the arm of a crane at the under-construction Revel Casino site snapped, plunging 47 floors and crashing through parts of the tower and parking garage.

“Debris was raining down on about a six-block area,” police Capt. Bill McKnight told the Press of Atlantic City, adding that four stories of glass were missing from the corner of the building.

The nearby Showboat Casino and residents of several condominiums were evacuated to the Atlantic City Convention Center while officials assessed damage and whether the Revel’s 780-foot crane was in danger of a complete collapse, the paper said.

The storm, packing torrential rains and winds up to 70 mph, left hundreds of thousands of homes without power in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Flood warnings were issued for Pittsburgh, northern New England and the Jersey Shore.