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~*`CONTINUED `MSN NEWS COVERAGE ` OF HURRICANE SANDY 10/30/12`*~
US WORLD NEWS/MSN NEWS
HURRICANE SANDY DEVASTATES US EASTERN STATES!
Reuters: Adam Hunger. Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back as emergency personnel rescue residents
from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
By MSN News with wire reports
Sandy's US toll climbs to 35; 8 million-plus without power
Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back as emergency personnel
rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in
Little Ferry, New Jersey
Reuters: Adam Hunger. Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back
as emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on
by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
8 min ago | By MSN News with wire reports
Residents and businesses began a massive clean-up effort Tuesday,
even as large parts of the region remained without power, and transportation
in the New York metropolitan area was at a standstill.
NEW YORK — The misery of superstorm Sandy's devastation grew Tuesday as millions
along the U.S. East Coast faced life without power or mass transit for days,
and huge swaths of New York City remained eerily quiet. The U.S. death toll climbed
to 35, many of the victims killed by falling trees, and rescue work continued.
The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with hurricane force
cut power to more than 8.2 million across the East and put the presidential campaign
on hold just one week before Election Day.
New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart closed for a second day.
The storm caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of the city's subway system,
and there was no indication of when the largest U.S. transit system would be rolling again.
But the full extent of the damage in New Jersey was being revealed as morning arrived.
Emergency crews fanned out to rescue hundreds.
A hoarse-voiced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave bleak news at a morning
Seaside rail lines washed away. No safe place on the state's barrier islands
for him to land.
Parts of the coast still under water.
"It is beyond anything I thought I'd ever see," he said. "It is a devastating sight
The death toll from Sandy in the U.S. included several killed by falling trees. .
Airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights. New York City's three major airports
"This was a devastating storm, maybe the worst that we have ever experienced,
" New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
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Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was canceled again Tuesday
after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot (4.27-meter) surge of seawater,
a record, coursing over its seawalls and highways and into low-lying
streets. The water inundated tunnels, subway stations and the electrical
system that powers Wall Street and sent hospital patients and tourists
scrambling for safety. Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that
partially toppled a crane 74\ above Midtown.
A large tanker ship ran aground on the city's Staten Island.
"This will be one for the record books," said John Miksad, senior vice president
for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000
customers without power in and around New York City.
In New Jersey, where the superstorm came ashore, a huge swell of water swept over
the small town of Moonachie, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people,
some of them living in a trailer park. Police and fire officials used boats
to try to reach the stranded.
"I saw trees not just knocked down but ripped right out of the ground.
I watched a tree crush a guy's house like a wet sponge," mobile home park resident
Juan Allen said.
The massive storm reached well into the Midwest with heavy rain and snow.
Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore
as the city prepared for winds of up to 60 mph (96 kph) and waves exceeding
24 feet (7.2 meters) well into Wednesday.
Curiosity turned to concern overnight as New York City residents watched whole
neighborhoods disappear into darkness as power was cut. The World Trade Center
site was a glowing ghost near the tip of Lower Manhattan. Residents reported
seeing no lights but the strobes of emergency vehicles and the glimpses of
flashlights in nearby apartments. Lobbies were flooded, cars floated
and people started to worry about food.
As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a
cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain and
high winds —even bringing snow in West Virginia and other
mountainous areas inland.
Just before it made landfall, forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status,
but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal
temperature. It still packed hurricane-force winds.
While the hurricane's 90 mph (144 kph) winds registered as only a Category 1
on a scale of five, it packed "astoundingly low" barometric pressure,
giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel,
a professor of meteorology at MIT.
"We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded" in the Northeast,
said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground,
a private forecasting service.
Tunnels and bridges to Manhattan were shut down, and some flooded.
"We have no idea how long it's going to take" to restore the transit system,
MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said Tuesday.
New York University's Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients
after its backup generator failed. NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman said
patients — among them 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit
who were on battery-powered respirators — had to be carried down staircases
and to dozens of ambulances waiting to take them to other hospitals.
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise overlooking Central Park
collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered
to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution.
Reggie Thomas emerged Tuesday morning from his job as a maintenance supervisor at
a prison near the overflowing Hudson River, a toothbrush in his front pocket, to find
his 2011 Honda with its windows down and a foot (304 millimeters) of water inside.
"It's totaled," Thomas said, with a shrug. "You would have needed a boat last night."
In the storm's wake, President Obama issued federal emergency decrees for New York
and New Jersey, declaring that "major disasters" existed in both states.
One disaster-forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach
$20 billion, only half insured. Add an additional $10 billion to $30 billion more
in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.
In the long run, the devastation the storm inflicted on New York City and other parts
of the Northeast will barely nick the U.S. economy. That's the view of economists who
say higher gas prices and a slightly slower economy in coming weeks will likely be
matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time.
The short-term blow to the economy, though, could subtract about 0.6 percentage point
from U.S. economic growth in the October-December quarter, IHS says. Retailers,
airlines and home construction firms will likely lose some business.
The New York City Marathon is scheduled for Saturday. But there are many questions about
whether transportation not just to and from the city, but also in and around the city,
will be ready in time. The marathon pours an estimated $350 million into the city each year.
it also requires major support from city departments that are being strained by the storm.
New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Monday they had a long list
of contingency plans already in place to deal with any obstacles that might arise.
concerns centered on getting runners to the start on Staten Island.
The 26.2-mile route through the five boroughs mostly avoids areas considered at
highest risk for flooding.
SCENES OF DESTRUCTION
All along the East Coast, residents and business owners awoke to scenes of destruction.
"There are boats in the street five blocks from the ocean," said evacuee Peter Sandomeno,
one of the owners of the Broadway Court Motel in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
"That's the worst storm I've ever seen, and I've been there for 11 years."
Sandy, which was especially imposing because of its wide-ranging winds, brought a record
storm surge of almost 14 feet to downtown Manhattan, well above the previous record of
10 feet during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said.
Water poured into the subway tunnels that course under the city, the country's
financial capital, and Bloomberg said the subway system would likely be closed
for four or five days.
"Hitting at high tide, the strongest surge and the strongest winds all hit at
the worst possible time," said Jeffrey Tongue, a meteorologist for the
weather service in Brookhaven, New York.
Hurricane-force winds as high as 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour) were recorded,
he said. "Hopefully it's a once-in-a-lifetime storm," Tongue said.
As residents and business owners began a massive clean-up effort and faced a long
and costly recovery, large parts of the region remained without power,
and transportation in the New York metropolitan area was at a standstill.
The U.S. Department of Energy said more than 8 million homes and businesses
in several states were without electricity due to the storm, which crashed ashore
late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
MORE THAN 50 HOMES BURN
The unprecedented flooding hampered efforts to fight a massive fire that destroyed
more than 50 homes in Breezy Point, a private beach community on the Rockaway
barrier island in the New York City borough of Queens.
New York University's Tisch hospital was forced to evacuate more than 200 patients,
among them babies on respirators in the neonatal intensive care unit, when the backup
generator failed. Four of the newborns had to be carried down nine flights of stairs
while nurses manually squeezed bags to deliver air to the babies' lungs, CNN reported.
The death toll continued to climb.
"Sadly the storm claimed lives throughout the region, including at least 10 in our city
... and we expect that number to go up," Bloomberg said.
Other storm-related deaths were reported elsewhere in New York state in addition
to Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Toronto police also recorded one death - a woman hit by flying debris.
Sandy killed 66 people in the Caribbean last week before pounding U.S. coastal areas.
Federal government offices in Washington, which was spared the full force of
the storm, were closed for a second day on Tuesday, and schools were shut up
and down the East Coast.
The storm weakened as it plowed slowly west across southern Pennsylvania,
its remnants situated between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with maximum winds
down to 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
As Sandy converged with a cold weather system, blizzard warnings were in effect
for West Virginia, western Maryland, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky
and western North Carolina.
Wind gusts, rain and flooding were likely to extend well into Tuesday, but without
the storm's earlier devastating power, said AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Dickey.
At its peak, the storm's wind field stretched from North Carolina north to the
Canadian border and from West Virginia to a point in the Atlantic Ocean halfway
to Bermuda, easily one of the largest ever seen, the hurricane center said.
Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney put campaigning on hold
for a second day instead of launching their final push for votes ahead
of the November 6 election.
Obama, who has made every effort to show him staying on top of the storm
situation, faces political danger if the federal government fails to respond
well in the storm's aftermath, as was the case with predecessor Georg W.Bush's
botched handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
But Obama also has a chance to look presidential in a national crisis.
With politics cast aside for the moment, Republican Christie heaped praise
on the Democratic incumbent for the government's initial storm response.
"The federal government response has been great," Christie, a staunch Romney supporter,
told NBC's "Today" show. "I was on the phone at midnight again last night with
the president personally ... and the president has been outstanding in this."
NEW JERSEY TOWNS FLOODED
Three towns in New Jersey, just west of New York City, were inundated with up to 5 feet
of water after the nearby Hackensack River flooded, officials said. Rescuers were using
boats to aid the marooned residents of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt.
In New York, a crane partially collapsed and dangled precariously from a 90-story
luxury apartment building under construction in Midtown Manhattan.
Much of the city was deserted, as its subways, buses, commuter trains, bridges
and airports were closed. Power outages darkened most of downtown Manhattan
as well as Westchester County, affecting more than 650,000 customers,
power company Consolidated Edison said.
Neighborhoods along the East and Hudson rivers in Manhattan were underwater,
as were low-lying streets in Battery Park near Ground Zero, where the
World Trade Center once stood.
U.S. stock markets were closed on Tuesday but would likely reopen on Wednesday.
They closed on Monday for the first time since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Most areas in downtown Manhattan were without power on Monday morning.
As the sun rose, most of the water in Manhattan's low-lying Battery Park City
appeared to have receded.
A security guard at 7 World Trade Center, Gregory Baldwin, was catching some rest
in his car after laboring overnight against floodwater that engulfed
a nearby office building.
"The water went inside up to here," he said, pointing to his chest.
"The water came shooting down from Battery Park with the gusting wind."
In Lower Manhattan, firefighters used inflatable orange boats to rescue
utility workers stranded for three hours by rising floodwaters inside
a power substation.
One of the Con Ed workers pulled from the floodwater, Angelo Amato,
said he was part of a crew who had offered to work through the storm.
"This is what happens when you volunteer," he said.
(Additional reporting by Daniel Bases, Edward Krudy and Scott DiSavino in
New York and Tabassum Zakaria in Washington. Writing by Matt Spetalnick
and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Eric Beech)
Hays reported from New York and Breed reported from Raleigh, North Carolina;
AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington.
Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Delaware City, Delaware, Katie Zezima
in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Emery P.Dalesio in Elizabeth City,
North Carolina, also contributed.
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