SUPERSTORM SANDY: At Least 10 Deaths Blamed on Superstorm Sandy 10/29/12
October 29, 2012
10:15 PM UPDATE
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - At least 10 deaths are being blamed on Superstorm Sandy, which has knocked out power to over 3 million people across the East.
Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City.
The surge is threatening electrical systems that power Wall Street. Large sections of lower Manhattan have been plunged into darkness as water pressed into the island from three sides.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University Hospital and the city is working to move people out. He's urging residents not to call 911 unless it's an emergency and imploring them to stay off roads so emergency vehicles can get around.
While Sandy has lost its hurricane status, forecasters say it remains every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path. The hybrid storm is also smacking Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph. Coastal communities have suffered flooding.
October 29, 2012
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Hurricane Sandy is now expected to blow ashore in New Jersey or Delaware by this evening -- hours sooner than previously expected.
The storm has picked up some forward speed. It's already washed away a part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And it's threatening to cripple Wall Street and New York's subway system with a huge surge of seawater.
From Washington to Boston, subways, buses, trains and schools are shut down. More than 7,000 flights are grounded. The New York Stock Exchange is closed. And hundreds of thousands of people are under orders to move to higher ground.
With just over a week to go before Election Day, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are suspending their campaigning. After returning to the White House from Florida, Obama urged those in harm's way to "listen to what your state and local officials are saying."
With tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500 miles from the storm's center, other major cities across the Northeast also prepared to for the worst. Maryland's governor warns that people will die in the storm.
**PICTURE CTSY: New York Times (nytimes.com)**