Stormatron 5000, as Louis C.K. put it, is currently poised to "crush our empire." You've no doubt heard the wind, now it's time to see the water: flooding has already begun in parts of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Hurricane Sandy is just warming up. The Frankenstorm isn't expected to make landfall until tonight, which means this is going to get worse before it gets better. The guv'ment wants everyone to stay safe inside catching up on old episodes of H.R. Pufnstuf, but should you find yourself out in the elements, capturing images of the Gowanus canal as it drowns Park Slope or commanding your crew to tie you to a lamppost on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, be sure to send your photos to us at photos(at)gothamist(dot)com.

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Red Hook this morning. (Courtesy @Greenpainting)

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Lower Manhattan this morning (Courtesy NewYorkist)