By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 14, 2001 08:58 AM
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• Heavy rains, winds and dropping temperatures that hit Manhattan early Friday morning continued through midday and stalled the rescue effort as well as the structural integrity of several damaged buildings near the devastated twin towers. “There’s no question they’re hampered by it,” said New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. “But there’s still a strong hope we’ll be able to find people, recover people and save them.”

• Giuliani said on Friday that the city would continue working to clear the ash- and rubble-strewn streets of the Wall Street district and “try very hard to open up as much of it as possible” for business on Monday. He said that 10,425 tons of debris in 1,154 truckloads had been removed so far from the disaster site.

• New York City officials did not have available an update of the number of missing persons, but they said between 4,200 and 4,300 people had been treated in New York and New Jersey hospitals.

• Officials at Bellevue Hospital told Reuters on early Friday afternoon that no victims of the attack had been brought in for about 36 hours. “The patients we’re bringing in now are all rescue workers,” a hospital official said. Another official said that victims “can’t get the incident out of their minds.”

• Mayor Giuliani on Friday sternly warned anyone making false bomb threats that they faced arrest, and urged the press corps to double-check any reports that might raise false hopes or kindle unwarranted fears.

• Giuliani similarly warned all New Yorkers about telemarketing swindlers who have been calling people and seeking donations to aid victims’ families. He said he knows of no such legitimate telemarketers involved in the fund-raising process, and vows to arrest the frauds.

• Giuliani on Thursday placed the official death toll so far from the New York attacks at 184. “In many cases,” an emotional Giuliani said, “that 184 are parts of bodies. Forty-seven are whole bodies.” So far, only 35 victims have been identified, he said.

• Giuliani said the list of those missing numbered 4,763. Some 40,000 people worked in the World Trade Center on any given day.

• New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, emerged from a Thursday meeting with President Bush to say he had endorsed their goal of $20 billion in extra emergency money, beyond the $20 billion initially envisioned.

• The number of missing New York city firefighters stands at about 350 — more than double the number of firefighters killed in action in the entire United States since 1977, according to local news reports.

• Thursday, rescuers pulled two firefighters alive out of the World Trade Center rubble, believed to have been trapped there since Tuesday, but the Associated Press and others report that it turned out they had been trapped since earlier in the day Thursday. Previous reports said that five fireman who had been trapped in an SUV since Tuesday were found alive in the wreckage.