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 Flooding and high winds arrive along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday...
 Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as ...
 Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the s...
 This image from video provided by Dani Hart shows what appears to be a transformer exploding in lower Manhattan as seen from a building rooftop from ...
 Ambulances wait outside New York University Tisch Hospital during an evacuation of the hospital after its backup generator failed when the power was ...
 An FDNY inflatable is prepared for launch along 14th street east of Avenue B where water has trapped people in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Monday, O...
 Debris clearing begins in Hatteras at the Shipwreck Grill as the parking lot is cleared and the restaurant is open for business on Tuesday, Oct. 30, ...
 Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy arrived along the East Co...
 Andrea Grolon walks through waist-deep water in the Metropolitan Trailer Park in Moonachie, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Grolon, a resident of the...
 Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. A fire department spokesman says more than 190 firefighters are...
 A boat lies toppled between two flooded houses in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeC...
 Keith Klein, right, and Eileen Blair assess the damage caused by a fire in the New York City borough of Queens, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The fire dest...
 A large tree in Methuen, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 lays atop power lines due to Monday's hybrid superstorm Sandy. Sandy, the storm that made landf...
 Elaine Belviso, 72, is rescued from her flooded home by Suffolk County police after being trapped there overnight by superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. ...
 A park floods along the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, Md. is flooded as the aftermath of superstorm Sandy continues to disrupt routines on the...
 Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's Financial District in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012....
 A log rests on a vehicle damaged by superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The...
 A man uses his mobile phone to photograph a closed and flooded subway station in lower Manhattan, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Due to superst...
 Glenn Heartley pulls on a rope attached to his car in preparation for getting it towed from a creek in Chincoteague, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hea...

APTOPIX Superstorm Sandy

Flooding and high winds arrive along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday...

APTOPIX Superstorm Sandy

Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as ...

APTOPIX Superstorm Sandy

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the s...

Superstorm Sandy

This image from video provided by Dani Hart shows what appears to be a transformer exploding in lower Manhattan as seen from a building rooftop from ...

Superstorm Sandy

Ambulances wait outside New York University Tisch Hospital during an evacuation of the hospital after its backup generator failed when the power was ...

Superstorm Sandy

An FDNY inflatable is prepared for launch along 14th street east of Avenue B where water has trapped people in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Monday, O...

Superstorm Sandy

Debris clearing begins in Hatteras at the Shipwreck Grill as the parking lot is cleared and the restaurant is open for business on Tuesday, Oct. 30, ...

Superstorm Sandy

Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy arrived along the East Co...

Superstorm Sandy

Andrea Grolon walks through waist-deep water in the Metropolitan Trailer Park in Moonachie, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Grolon, a resident of the...

Superstorm Sandy NYC Fire

Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. A fire department spokesman says more than 190 firefighters are...

Superstorm Sandy

A boat lies toppled between two flooded houses in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeC...

APTOPIX Superstorm Sandy

Keith Klein, right, and Eileen Blair assess the damage caused by a fire in the New York City borough of Queens, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The fire dest...

Superstorm Sandy

A large tree in Methuen, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 lays atop power lines due to Monday's hybrid superstorm Sandy. Sandy, the storm that made landf...

Superstorm Sandy

Elaine Belviso, 72, is rescued from her flooded home by Suffolk County police after being trapped there overnight by superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. ...

Superstorm Sandy

A park floods along the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, Md. is flooded as the aftermath of superstorm Sandy continues to disrupt routines on the...

Superstorm Sandy

Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's Financial District in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012....

Superstorm Sandy

A log rests on a vehicle damaged by superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The...

Superstorm Sandy

A man uses his mobile phone to photograph a closed and flooded subway station in lower Manhattan, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Due to superst...

Superstorm Sandy

Glenn Heartley pulls on a rope attached to his car in preparation for getting it towed from a creek in Chincoteague, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hea...

As Superstorm Sandy churned slowly inland, millions along the U.S. East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were unusually dark and abandoned. At least 17 people were killed in seven states.
The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph (130 kph) sustained winds cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and put the presidential campaign on hold one week before Election Day.
New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart closed for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. The storm caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of New York's extensive subway system, according to Joseph Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
"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.
Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was canceled again Tuesday _ the first time the exchange suspended operations for two consecutive days due to weather since a blizzard in 1888.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in New York and Long Island, making federal funding available to residents of the area.
New York City's three major airports remained closed. Overall, more than 13,500 flights had been canceled for Monday and Tuesday, almost all related to the storm, according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware.
An unprecedented 13-foot (3.9-meter) surge of seawater _ 3 feet (90 centimeters) above the previous record _ gushed into lower Manhattan, inundating 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 stories above Midtown.
In New Jersey, where the superstorm came ashore, hundreds of people were being evacuated in rising water early Tuesday. Officials were using boats to try to rescue about 800 people living in a trailer park in Moonachie. There were no reports of injuries or deaths. Local authorities initially reported a levee had broken, but Gov. Chris Christie said a berm overflowed.
The massive storm reached well into the Midwest. 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.
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.
Remnants of the now-former Category 1 hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York state by Wednesday morning. As of 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) Tuesday, the storm was centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.
Although weakening as it goes, the massive storm _ which caused wind warnings from Florida to Canada _ will continue to bring heavy rain and local flooding, said Daniel Brown, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, New Jersey, 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.
Officials blamed at least 17 deaths in the U.S. on the converging storms _in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three victims were children, one just 8 years old. At least one death was blamed on the storm in Canada.
Sandy killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Atlantic Coast.
Even before it made landfall in New Jersey, crashing waves had claimed an old, 50-foot (15-meter) piece of Atlantic City's world-famous Boardwalk.
"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.
The New York metropolitan area got the worst of it.
An explosion at a ConEdison power substation knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan.
"It sounded like the Fourth of July," Stephen Weisbrot said from his apartment in lower Manhattan.
A huge fire destroyed at least 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood by the Atlantic Ocean in the New York City borough of Queens. Firefighters told WABC-TV that they had to use a boat to make rescues. Two people suffered minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said.
Firefighters told WABC-TV that the water was chest high on the street. They said in one apartment home, about 25 people were trapped in an upstairs unit.
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.
Tunnels and bridges to Manhattan were shut down, and some flooded.
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, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.
Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel _ whose slogan is "Uptown, Not Uptight" _ when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.
"They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we'll come back in two or three days," she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. "I hope so."
Off North Carolina, not far from an area known as "the Graveyard of the Atlantic," a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" sank when her diesel engine and bilge pumps failed. Coast Guard helicopters plucked 14 crew members from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot (5.4-meter) seas. A 15th crew member who was found unresponsive several hours after the others was later pronounced dead. The Bounty's captain was still missing.
President Barack Obama scrapped his campaign events for Monday and Tuesday to stay at the White House to oversee the government's response to the superstorm. Romney was going ahead with a planned event in Ohio on Tuesday, but his campaign said its focus would be on storm relief.
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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.


Updated : 2021-06-23 18:53 GMT+08:00