Northeast Paralyzed by Sandy's Surge

Millions Lose Power, 13 Killed as Storm Swamps Region

Battered: The record surge from Sandy swamped lower Manhattan as the massive storm wreaked havoc up and down the East Coast.
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Battered: The record surge from Sandy swamped lower Manhattan as the massive storm wreaked havoc up and down the East Coast.

By Reuters

Published October 30, 2012.
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More than 7 million people 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.

The storm was plowing westward over south-central Pennsylvania, still packing near hurricane-force winds as strong as 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour), the National Weather Service said.

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.

“Overall, the worst has past,” Dickey said.

The storm’s wind field stretched from South 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 National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy snow fell in higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains inland.

NEW JERSEY TOWNS FLOODED

Three towns in New Jersey, just west of New York, were inundated with up to 5 feet (1.5 metres) of water after a levee on the nearby Hackensack River was overtopped or breached, 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.


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