Superstorm Sandy leaves at least 55 dead, millions without power along the East Coast. 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.
Sandy may go down as the third-most costly storm in U.S. history, according to a new insurance estimate by disaster-modeling firm AIR, which put the potential number at between $7 billion and $15 billion in insured losses. If the total comes in at the high-end, Sandy would be right behind 1992′s Hurricane Andrew, which caused $15.5 billion in insured losses.
The death toll from Sandy in the U.S. included several killed by falling trees. Sandy killed 18 people in New York City. It also killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard.
Airlines canceled more than 15,000 flights. New York City’s three major airports remained closed.
Some bridges into the city reopened at midday, but most major tunnels and bridges remained closed, as were schools and Broadway theaters.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in New York and Long Island, making federal funding available to residents of the area. He suspended campaigning for a third day Wednesday, and planned to join Christie in viewing the damage in New Jersey.
Obama, speaking during a stop Tuesday at Red Cross headquarters, warned the public that the massive storm that struck the East Coast “is not yet over.” He said there were still risks of flooding and downed power lines. He called the storm “heartbreaking for the nation.”
In Connecticut, there were 3 deaths and 497,000 without power, down from a peak of more than 620,000.
There were 2 deaths in Maryland, with western Maryland dealing with a mind-boggling 29 inches of snow.
There were also 2 deaths in Virginia, 2 deaths in North Carolina, 2 deaths in Ohio and 1 death in West Virginia.
Praying for all the families on the East Coast!