SKYWARN 13: Sandy blamed for at least 38 deaths

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

(AP)-- It could be days before people in much of the Northeast can see their lives start to return to normal, in the aftermath of a storm that has left at least 38 people dead.

More than 8.2 million people across the East are without power. New York City was especially hard hit, its subways shut down and much of Manhattan left without power.

And it's not over yet. The storm that resulted when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other storm systems has been moving westward today across Pennsylvania with winds of 45 miles an hour. It's expected to make a turn into New York State tonight.

Although it is getting weaker as it goes, forecasters still expect it to bring heavy rain and flooding.

In one measure of the storm's size and power, waves on southern Lake Michigan have risen above 20 feet, tying a record. High winds spinning off the edges of the storm clobbered the Cleveland area early today, uprooting trees and cutting power to hundreds of thousands.

Sandy brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and neighboring states, with more than 2 feet of snow expected in some places.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 33 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees.

At least 7.4 million people are without power.

New York City is virtually cut off by air, rail and road. Its subways are shut down, after suffering what officials say was the worst damage in the system's history. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater into low-lying streets. Most of the city's major tunnels and bridges are closed, as are the three major airports.

A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens early today.

The full extent of the damage in New Jersey still isn't known. Police and fire officials have been trying to rescue hundreds of stranded people. Two neighboring communities were suddenly inundated by as much as five feet of water this morning.

Gov. Chris Christie says the damage along the Jersey Shore is "some of the worst we've ever seen." He says the cost of the storm is "incalculable."

The storm put the White House campaign on hold just a week before Election Day. President Barack Obama has canceled a third straight day of campaigning, scratching the events scheduled for tomorrow in Ohio.


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