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 Pets homeless after Sandy look for new homes

1 year ago

Cuomo: Sandy cost NY, NYC $42B in damage, loss

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City will make big requests for disaster aid from the federal government.

The cost includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration, but also includes an additional accounting of $9 billion for mitigation of damage and for preventive measures for the next disastrous storm.

Cuomo says New York taxpayers can't foot the bill.

He met with the New York's congressional delegation Monday to discuss the new figures that he said is "less than a wish list." The delegation, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will now draw up a request for federal disaster aid.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Rep. Peter King say they will work together.

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1 year ago

Pets homeless after Sandy look for new homes

Dozens of cats and dogs left homeless by Hurricane Sandy are now looking for new homes in Florida.

Volunteers from Daytona Beach-based Animal Rescue, Need & Intervention (ARNI) traveled to the worst hit areas in the days after the storm.

They went to help provide food and care, but found dozens of animals that couldn't be left behind.

The cats and dogs will be available for adoption starting next week.

ARNI staff will use these next few days before then to spay and neuter, vaccinate and microchip the animals.

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1 year ago

WWII-era love letters wash ashore in NY post Sandy

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) - World War II-era love letters written by a New Jersey woman to her boyfriend washed ashore during Superstorm Sandy.

A 14-year-old found the 57 letters inside a box while walking along a beach in Atlantic Highlands the day after Sandy struck. They chronicled life for Dorothy Fallon and Lynn Farnham from 1942 until the week before they married in 1948. The Vermont native served in the Pacific during the war.

Katheleen Chaney tells WNBC-TV in New York she started playing amateur detective as her son dried the letters.

She left a message on a website where she learned Farnham had died in 1991. A niece contacted her to say 91-year-old Dorothy Fallon Farnham is in frail health in Asbury Park.

It's believed the letters floated from the Rumson area, down a river and into Sandy Hook Bay.

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1 year ago

Post-Sandy, manic Monday looms for commuters

NEW YORK (AP) - It could be a manic Monday for commuters starting the first work week since Superstorm Sandy hit the New York City region.

New York officials say the city subway system is on the mend. But they also warn a flood of students returning to reopened schools and motorists forced out of their cars by a fuel shortage could cause crowding and delays.

Philadelphia's transit authority loaned 31 buses that New Jersey Transit plans to use to support shuttle service for commuters traveling to New York City.

The coming week could bring other challenges. Election Day could see polling places without power. Some schools remain closed and students will be relocated. And a nor'easter threatens to hit the area by Wednesday.

1 year ago

NYC Marathon unsure how runners get to start line

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Marathon is still unsure how it will get its runners to the starting line Sunday, yet another obstacle in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

A day after New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said ferries would again take some entrants to the start on Staten Island, marathon organizers said they might not be used.

Wittenberg had said final transportation plans would be announced Friday morning. Those plans now may not come until Saturday.

After Sandy devastated the New York area, organizers initially decided to use only buses to get runners to the start. But Wittenberg said Thursday that the city wanted to use ferries.

The ferry resumed service Friday.

City and race officials have faced criticism for not canceling or postponing the marathon. But sponsor Asics calls holding the event "a true symbol of the city's strength and determination."

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1 year ago

Springsteen pays tribute to storm-damaged NJ coast

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen says his home state will rebound from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

Springsteen and his band played to an adoring crowd at the Jordan Center on the Penn State University campus in State College on Thursday night. He thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "doing a fine job" of taking care of citizens. He also lauded police, firefighters and other first responders.

He then launched into an extended, heart-wrenching rendition of his song "My City of Ruins."

On Wednesday night, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed in the upstate New York town of Rochester, a concert that had been postponed from Tuesday because of travel difficulties caused by the storm.

Springsteen will join NBC's planned benefit concert Friday for victims of the storm.

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1 year ago

NYC man arrested after pulling gun in gas line

NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for fuel after Superstorm Sandy is starting to get nasty.

New York City authorities say a motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in line at a gas station in Queens early Thursday and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 35-year-old Sean Bailey, of Queens, was arrested on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't clear whether he had a lawyer.

Damage from the storm has forced many gas stations to close and has disrupted fuel deliveries, causing long lines at the gas stations that remained open.

If convicted, Baily could face up to 15 years in prison.

1 year ago

Military flies SoCal Edison trucks to East Coast

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - The military has begun flying Southern California Edison vehicles to the East Coast to aid in restoration of electricity knocked out by Hurricane Sandy.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the first of more than a dozen flights took off from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The utility had originally planned to move the vehicles across the country in a convoy, which would have taken longer.

SoCal Edison trucks are being loaded aboard big C-5 and C-17 transports, which can each carry four or five utility vehicles.

Utility spokesman Ray Hicks says the planes are headed for Steward Air Force Base in upstate New York.

Personnel to operate the equipment are flying separately.

1 year ago

NYC's 3 airports all due to open after Sandy

New York's three major airports will be operating under reduced schedules as flight services start returning to normal following Superstorm Sandy.

The busy Northeast travel corridor ground to a halt when Sandy slammed into the East Coast on Monday, flooding train tunnels, cutting power and shutting down regional airports.

John F. Kennedy International Airport and Liberty Airport in Newark, N.J., which reopened Wednesday, will continue to offer limited service on Thursday.

LaGuardia Airport, which had remained closed amid storm-related damage, says it is due to reopen Thursday morning with reduced service.

U.K. airlines Virgin Atlantic and British Airways say they are operating close-to-normal schedules to New York and have added an extra flight to reduce backlog.

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1 year ago

NJ's barrier islands a scene of devastation

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's delicate barrier islands are a hazardous wasteland of badly eroded shore, ruined beachfront homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities.

The full extent of the devastation at the Jersey Shore is beginning to come into sharper focus, nearly 48 hours after Hurricane Sandy made landfall with high winds and a huge storm surge.

All up and down the New Jersey coast, signs of the good life lie scattered and broken. On the barrier island where MTV's hit show "Jersey Shore" is taped, $3,000 barbecue grills are buried in the sand and nearly all of the homes in one wealthy community are seriously damaged or destroyed.

Gov. Chris Christie joined President Barack Obama aboard Marine One for an aerial tour of the storm damage Wednesday afternoon.

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1 year ago

Storm's cost may hit $50B; rebuilding to ease blow

WASHINGTON (AP) - What will be the financial toll from Superstorm Sandy? IHS Global Insight says it will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and up to $30 billion in lost business.

Longer-term, the devastation inflicted by the storm is not seen making a dent in the massive U.S. economy. That's the view of economists who say a slightly slower economy in coming weeks will likely be countered by rebuilding and repairs which will add to growth over time.

Forecasting firm HIS says the short-term impact could be to subtract about 0.6 point from U.S. economic growth in the October-December quarter. Retailers, airlines and home construction firms will likely lose some business.

The storm cut power to about 7 million homes, shut down 70 percent of East Coast oil refineries and inflicted worse-than-expected damage in the New York metro area. That area produces about 10 percent of U.S. economic output.

Most homeowners who suffered losses from flooding won't be able to benefit from their insurance policies. Standard homeowner policies don't cover flood damage, and few homeowners have flood insurance.

Some of those losses won't be easily made up. Restaurants that lose two or three days of business, for example, won't necessarily experience a rebound later. And money spent to repair a home may lead to less spending elsewhere.

1 year ago

Obama to view storm damage in New Jersey

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel to storm-stricken New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage from the massive storm that struck the East Coast and to thank first responders.

The White House says Obama will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in viewing the damage. Christie is a Republican who has been an Obama critic. But on Tuesday he praised Obama's leadership in dealing with the storm disaster.

Obama said Tuesday at Red Cross headquarters that the storm "is not yet over." He said there are still risks of flooding and downed power lines and called the storm "heartbreaking for the nation."

The president offered his thoughts and prayers to those affected and said "America is with you." He said he told government officials coordinating the response that there was "no excuse for inaction."

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1 year ago

Mayor: Storm may be worst ever for New York

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 -- among more than 30 who were killed across the Northeast. 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.

At least 1 million customers lost power in New York City, its northern suburbs and coastal Long Island. Officials say it could be several days to a week before all city residents who lost power get it back.

Tomorrow, the city's financial markets will open after being shut for two days by the storm.

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1 year ago

Sandy: Surveying the aftermath

Dozens are dead and millions remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Across the Northeast communities are climbing out of a watery mess.

Sandy beat the eastern seaboard with a vengeance, wrecking havoc over hundreds of miles of shore.

"You have calls coming in and you just can't get to these people," said Seaside Heights, New Jersey Police Chief Tommy Boyd. "We don't know if we have bodies out there right now or not. That's why we're out there looking."

Streets that look like rivers and landmarks now ripped apart have emergency crews working overtime.

The Atlantic City boardwalk once packed with tourists is now filled with debris.

Beach communities are digging out from the dunes that once protected them.

Meanwhile, the lights are still out in the city that never sleeps.

Transformers exploded leaving much of Manhattan in the dark.

Babies and elderly in critical condition were evacuated from a New York City hospital when the backup generator failed.

Tunnels, subways and streets are under water thanks to a 13-foot storm surge that pounded the city.

Officials say it will be weeks, and in some cases months, before the damage is fully repaired.

1 year ago

Superstorm may end up slowing US economy slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy could mean higher gas prices and a slower economy in the coming months, though reconstruction will help cushion the economic blow.

The storm will end up causing about $20 billion in damages and an additional $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business activity, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. That could subtract about 0.6 percentage point from U.S. economic growth in the October-December quarter, the firm says.

Some forecasters are more optimistic. Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics says the overall hit to the economy will likely be "very modest."

The storm cut power to 7 million homes, shut down 70 percent of East Coast oil refineries and inflicted worse-than-expected damage in the New York metro area. That area produces about 10 percent of U.S. economic output.

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1 year ago

California sends aid to storm-struck East

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has sent help to Eastern areas pounded by a huge storm.

Gov. Jerry Brown says the California National Guard on Monday flew airplanes, helicopters and two specialized rescue teams to North Carolina. Last weekend, 10 search-and-rescue experts from fire departments up and down the state were sent to Virginia and other areas.

Brown says more than 80 people trained in medical aid and emergency response were being sent.

Pacific Gas & Electric says it's sending more than 150 workers to help restore power in New York.

The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday killed at least 17 people in seven states and cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses.

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1 year ago

For travelers, Sandy's aggravation spans globe

NEW YORK (AP) - Superstorm Sandy has a long reach, with flight cancelations stranding air travelers around the globe.

The flight-tracking service FlightAware says more than 6,000 flights were canceled today, bringing the total to more than 15,000 canceled across the Northeast over two days. And more than 500 flights scheduled for tomorrow have also been canceled. The number surpasses the winter storm of early 2011 when 14,000 flights to be scrapped over four days.

New York is the nation's busiest airspace with about one-quarter of all U.S. flights going through daily. But the three big New York airports remain closed for a second day.

Flights have been canceled across Europe and Asia and travelers overseas could wait days to get back to the East Coast of the U.S. An official with a trade group for airports worldwide says even if storm damage is minor, it could be a week before operations are normal at major East Coast airports.

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1 year ago

Sandy moves inland after leaving 17 dead

NEW YORK (AP) - Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake.

New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater - 3 feet above the previous record - caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of the city's subway system. It also forced 200 patients to be evacuated from one hospital.

Authorities are trying to rescue 800 people in a northern New Jersey town after a berm overflowed.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the massive storm is moving across Pennsylvania and is expected to take a sharp turn into western New York by tomorrow morning.

The Midwest also is bracing for Sandy. Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 miles an hour and waves exceeding 24 feet well into tomorrow.

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1 year ago

15 houses ablaze in NYC after storm sweeps through

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (AP) - A fire involving 15 houses is burning in a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

A fire department spokesman says 170 firefighters are currently at the blaze in the Breezy Point section. He says two people have suffered minor injuries.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported around 11 p.m. Monday and involves about 15 houses in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier.

The neighborhood sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

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1 year ago

Storm will keep financial markets closed today

NEW YORK (AP) - Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day today because of Superstorm Sandy. Bond trading will also be closed.

The last time the New York Stock Exchange was closed for weather was in 1985 because of Hurricane Gloria, It is the first time since 1888 that the exchange will have been closed for two consecutive days because of weather. The cause then was a blizzard that left drifts as high as 40 feet in the streets of New York City.

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq stock market say they plan to reopen Wednesday.

CME Group's New York trading floor was closed, but electronic markets were functioning. Crude oil fell 80 cents to $85.48 in electronic trading.

Bond trading will also be closed Tuesday. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association called for an early close to bond trading Monday, at 12 noon. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was 1.72 percent, compared with 1.75 percent late Friday.

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1 year ago

Crew member rescued after abandoning ship has died

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain.

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1 year ago

Power out at NYC hospital; 200 patients evacuate

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City hospital is transferring more than 200 patients to other hospitals after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out by the superstorm.

Dozens of ambulances are lining up outside NYU Tisch Hospital as doctors and nurses take patients out.

They started with the sickest and youngest, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care. Some were on respirators operating on battery power.

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1 year ago

At least 16 US deaths blamed on Superstorm Sandy

UPDATE: NEW YORK (AP) - Superstorm Sandy is now being blamed for at least 16 deaths in the U.S.

One person who died was a crewmember a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie "Mutiny on the Bounty."

The ship went down off North Carolina during the storm. The captain is still missing.

1 year ago

Superstorm Sandy loses hurricane status

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Forecasters say Sandy is no longer a hurricane but is still a dangerous system taking dead aim at New Jersey and Delaware.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that Sandy is a post-tropical storm and losing strength but still has sustained winds at 85 mph. The eye has almost made landfall.

The center says storm surge has reached heights of 12.4 feet at Kings Point, N.Y.

Gaining speed and power through the day, the storm knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more. It clobbered the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor, from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston, with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph.

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1 year ago

Forecasters: Sandy races toward NJ, Delaware coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Forecasters say the eye of Hurricane Sandy is racing toward an expected landfall early Monday evening in southern New Jersey or Delaware.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's top sustained winds are holding at about 90 mph (150 kph). At 5 p.m. EDT, Sandy's center was about 30 miles (65 kms) east-southeast of Cape May, N.J. The vast storm was headed west-northwest at 28 miles per hour (44 kph).

Forecasters say Sandy will lash the coast with life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds.

Sandy was set to collide with a wintry storm from the west and cold air approaching from the Arctic. The combination superstorm could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

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1 year ago

Coast Guard finds 1 missing crew member of ship

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard says it has found one of the missing crew members of a tall ship that went down off the North Carolina coast, but she is unresponsive.

Lt. Mike Patterson said crews are taking 42-year-old Claudene Christian to the hospital. The Coast Guard is still searching for the captain of the HMS Bounty.

The ship began taking on water and the crew had to abandon it about 5 a.m. Monday in the rough waters churned up by Hurricane Sandy. The 14 other crew members were rescued.

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1 year ago

Planes grounded, flights canceled at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 60 departing flights have been canceled at Los Angeles International Airport as a looming superstorm locks down flights to the East Coast.

LAX spokesman Marshall Lowe says 48 departing flights to New York and other areas in the storm's front were canceled Sunday and another 62 were canceled Monday morning.

Lowe says 14 jetliners from various airlines are parked at LAX.

Lowe also says things are proceeding smoothly at the airport terminals because many passengers knew days ago that the storm was coming and were able to avoid last-second cancellations that would have stranded them.

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1 year ago

Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) - Major U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed because of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday.

It will be the first time since 1888 that the New York Stock Exchange will have been closed for two consecutive days because of bad weather. The cause then was a blizzard that left drifts as high as 40 feet in the streets of New York City.

Much of the East Coast was at a standstill Monday as the storm approached. Mass transit and schools were closed across the region ahead of the storm hitting land, which was expected to happen later Monday.

Areas around the Financial District were part of a mandatory evacuation zone. The storm surge is already pushing water over seawalls in the southern tip of Manhattan.

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1 year ago

Obama says he's confident in storm preparations

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's confident that state and federal governments have done all they can to prepare for the superstorm barreling up the East Coast.

He says the slow-moving storm will affect millions of people, and he is urging Americans to heed warnings.

Obama was speaking from the White House briefing room. He said the key is to make sure the public is following instructions to take precautions.

A week from Election Day, he says he's not worried about the impact of the storm on his re-election chances. And he says that the No. 1 priority is to make sure lives are saved.

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1 year ago

A state-by-state look at the East Coast superstorm

Hurricane Sandy is churning off the East Coast and is expected to join up with two other weather systems to create a huge and problematic storm affecting 50 million people. Here's a snapshot of what is happening or expected, state by state.

CAROLINAS

The storm lashed barrier islands off North Carolina and rendered several homes and businesses nearly inaccessible. About 90 miles off the coast, a tall ship carrying 17 people was in distress; the Coast Guard was monitoring.

CONNECTICUT

The number of power outages has increased quickly in a state where utilities' response to past weather-related failures has become a political issue. Connecticut Light & Power says hundreds of customers are without power. Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked a task force to ensure fuel suppliers are fully stocked. Many residents along Long Island Sound heeded warnings and evacuated.

DELAWARE

Hundreds of people have fled to shelters as rough surf pounded the coast. Water covered some roads.

KENTUCKY

Snow is expected in mountainous areas.

MAINE

Officials predict coastal flooding and beach erosion, and utility crews have been brought in from Canada to handle anticipated power failures.

MARYLAND

Baltimore is opening six shelters; several city intersections are closed because of flooding threats. Early voting, which began Saturday and was to run through Thursday, was canceled for Monday.

MASSACHUSETTS

Utilities have brought in crews from as far away as Texas and the Midwest to cope with anticipated power failures. Most schools and colleges have canceled classes. The Boston transit authority says it will continue to operate as long it remains safe.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Gov. John Lynch has put 100 National Guard soldiers on active duty to help with preparations. Two shelters are being set up, and some schools have closed.

NEW JERSEY

Sandy's center is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday. By daybreak, thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity. Thousands of people evacuated low-lying areas, and many inland towns hit by flooding from storm Irene last year issued evacuation orders.

NEW YORK

Many residents left low-lying flood evacuation zones, and the subway system shut down Sunday night. A storm surge of 11 feet is possible, the highest of all coastal areas being hit by Sandy. The New York Stock Exchange and other U.S. financial markets shut down for at least the day. Thousands of flights were canceled at the city's major airports.

OHIO

Residents of low-lying areas and along Lake Erie were told to watch for flooding; utilities are anticipating high winds that could blow down trees and poles. Snow is forecast in some areas.

PENNSYLVANIA

Many schools closed. Philadelphia has shut down its mass transit system, and hundreds of flights were canceled at the city's airport. Dozens of people took shelter at evacuation centers. Thousands of members of the National Guard have been told to be ready for deployment.

RHODE ISLAND

Several communities have ordered mandatory evacuations and many schools closed for the day. Big waves are expected to cause flooding along Narragansett Bay, which bisects the state. Authorities told people to be prepared for long periods without power.

TENNESSEE

Snow is expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds are expected in many areas.

VIRGINIA

About 2,000 customers lacked power, and a utility said as many as 1 million could ultimately lose electricity. Many residents of Chincoteague Island, popular with tourists, shrugged off the idea of evacuation.

VERMONT

Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a state of emergency to provide access to National Guard troops in a state still recovering from the devastating effects of the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Culverts and storm drainage basins in some spots have been cleared of debris.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The capital area's transit system shut down rail service for the first time since 2003, and the Smithsonian Institution closed for the day.

WEST VIRGINIA

As much as 2 to 3 feet of snow was forecast in mountainous areas, and flooding was possible in some areas. Several shelters were put on standby, and power crews were mobilized to handle potential failures.

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1 year ago

Cuba's 2nd city without power, water after Sandy

HAVANA (AP) - Residents of Cuba's second city are without power or running water four days after Hurricane Sandy hit.

Nearly 700,000 people live in and around the eastern city of Santiago. Sound trucks are cruising the streets urging people to boil water to prevent infectious disease. Authorities have set up TVs in public spaces to keep residents informed, and authorities are distributing chlorine.

Sandy killed 11 people in Cuba, making it the island's deadliest since 2005's Hurricane Dennis, a category 5 monster that left 16 dead and $2.4 billion in damage.

Authorities have not yet estimated the economic toll from last week's storm.

But the Communist Party newspaper Granma reports "severe damage to housing, economic activity, fundamental public services and institutions."

Granma said Monday more than 130,000 homes damaged, with 15,400 destroyed.

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1 year ago

NYC closes schools for 2nd day as Sandy approaches

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City schools will remain closed on Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

The city had closed its 1.1 million-student district - the nation's largest - on Monday because of the superstorm threatening the city with a storm surge of up to 11 feet.

Bloomberg says schools will remain closed because there's "no chance" that mass transit will be restored by Tuesday.

The city shut down its subways, buses and commuter trains ahead of the superstorm. The worst of the storm is expected to hit the city Monday evening. Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier Monday said that two key tunnels to Manhattan that are prone to flooding would close Monday afternoon.

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1 year ago

East Coast bracing for Hurricane Sandy

Residents in the eastern third of the United States are waking up this morning ready to brace themselves for Hurricane Sandy.

The storm that impacted much of the southeast overnight with high winds and rain is expected to make landfall in the U.S. as early as Monday night.

Officials up and down the East Coast are warning residents to take Sandy very seriously.

"Folks, this could be bad. Really bad. It could impact us in several ways for a long period of time," said Dannell Malloy, Governor of Connecticut.

High winds and torrential rain could mean power outages for days. Residents in coastal New Jersey are bracing for the worst.

"The worst part is going to be the flooding," said resident Jeff Davies.

Crews are busy pushing sand and using it to fill bags in hopes it will provide a barricade. Homeowners along the coast are also preparing. "I don't want to take a chance," said one resident.

Businesses are boarding their windows and billboards in Atlantic City are coming down.

Grocery stores and gas stations are full of people trying to get ahead of the storm. "We've got water, flashlights and stuff. You've got to be prepared," one customer explained.

Near Philadelphia there is concern about six oil refineries - seven percent of the nation's capacity potentially threatened by the storm.

Officials in New York City deciding today if subways, bridges and tunnels will be shut down - Mayor Bloomberg urging city dwellers not to assume they're in the clear, "Don't get lulled tomorrow when there isn't a lot of rain and a lot of wind. This is a dangerous storm."

New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie echoing the warning, "We should not underestimate the impact of this storm and we shouldn't assume the predictions will be wrong."

Even though mandatory evacuations are beginning to take effect, some say they don't plan to leave. "We have never left the house or evacuated in the past. We are staying. It's our home, it's our house," said resident Barbara Wagner.

2 years ago

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Hurricane Sandy has made a landfall just west of Santiago de Cuba in southern Cuba.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday it had maximum sustained winds of 114 mph (183.46 kph).

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2 years ago

Tropical storm warning in Jamaica ahead of Sandy

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical storm warning has been issued for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Sandy approaches and is expected to strengthen.

Sandy's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 45 mph. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandy is forecast to be a hurricane when it nears Jamaica on Wednesday.

The storm is centered about 325 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, and is moving north-northeast near 3 mph.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. The depression is centered about 825 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving north-northeast near 12 mph.

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