Sandy's Death Toll Climbs
by The Associated Press,
NEW YORK (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 39 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.
New York's mayor calls it a "devastating storm" -- possibly the worst the city has ever experienced.
The superstorm that was born when Hurricane Sandy came ashore killed at least 10 people in New York City. A wall of seawater and high winds slammed the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels.
The city was left with no running trains, a darkened business district and neighborhoods under water. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving no firm timeline on when basic services will be fully restored. The city had been left nearly isolated -- its bridges and tunnels closed, its subways and airports shut down. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo says most of the bridges are reopening this afternoon.
All of the subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were flooded, as were two major commuter tunnels -- the Brooklyn Battery and the Queens Midtown. The head of the city's transit agency says the subway system has never faced a disaster like this one.
And it's not over yet. The storm that resulted when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other storm systems has been moving westward 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.