Sandy slams U.S., at least 38 dead

2012-10-30 00:01:47 GMT2012-10-30 08:01:47(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.
Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.
Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.
Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.
Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.Winds, storm surge, as Hurricane Sandy approaches east coast of U.S.
Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Monday, October 29, 2012. (Photo/AP)Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Monday, October 29, 2012. (Photo/AP)
Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2012 shows the Queens Bridge and flooded shore on Roosevelt Island of New York, the United States. Sandy, the 10th hurricane this year, was considered one of the strongest storms ever to affect the U.S. east coast. (Xinhua/Wang Chengyun)Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2012 shows the Queens Bridge and flooded shore on Roosevelt Island of New York, the United States. Sandy, the 10th hurricane this year, was considered one of the strongest storms ever to affect the U.S. east coast. (Xinhua/Wang Chengyun)

The U.S. death toll from Sandy now stands at 38 after police in Pennsylvania said an 8-year-old boy died Monday after he was struck by a tree limb in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Though no longer a hurricane, "post-tropical" superstorm Sandy packed a hurricane-sized punch as it slammed into the Jersey Shore on Monday.

Obama declares major disaster, dam breaks in New Jersey

President Obama today declared a major disaster in New York state and ordered federal aid be made available to individuals in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens.

A dam has just broke in New Jersey and over 20,000 people might be affected.

Authorities in Bergen County, New Jersey, are evacuating residents after a breach in a dam or levee flooded at several communities.

U.S. nuclear plant declares "alert" after Sandy storm surge

Exelon Corp declared an "alert" at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday, warning that a further rise in water levels could force operators to use emergency water supplies from a fire hose to cool spent uranium fuel rods.

The alert -- the second lowest of four NRC action levels -- came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant, an NRC spokesman said.

Those pumps are not essential since the plant is shut for planned refueling at the moment. However a further rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool.

The spokesman said the company could use water from a fire hose to cool the pool if necessary. The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil within 25 hours without additional coolant; in an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation.

The NRC said in a statement that it expected water levels would begin to abate within the next several hours.

19 workers trapped in New York power plant by Sandy: Reuters witness

Nineteen workers were trapped inside a Consolidated Edison power station on the east side of Manhattan Monday night by rising floodwaters that accompanied the surge from powerful storm Sandy, according to a Reuters witness.

A rescue worker, who declined to be named, said the station had suffered an explosion inside.

UN will remain closed Tuesday due to "Sandy"

UN Headquarters will be closed one more day - Tuesday – due to the raging hurricane "Sandy", which has reached New York. This information was made public by the press service of the Organization.

On Monday all meetings at the UN headquarters were cancelled.

Meanwhile, New York is virtually at a standstill, with the subway, public transport systems, airports, schools, banks, stock markets and shops all closed, sports and entertainment events cancelled.

There has been a mandatory evacuation of residents of low-lying, coastal regions. Weather forecasters promise gale-force winds capable of felling trees and tearing power lines.

Residents of the metropolis have been advised to stay indoors.

Hurricane "Sandy" floods Atlantic City 

American coastal towns have already felt the brunt of hurricane "Sandy", set to hit the United States in the coming few hours. Reports say the streets of the "gaming capital" of the East Coast - Atlantic City – have been flooded, with the water level at one and a half meters. All its casinos shut down at the weekend.

Meanwhile, according to correspondents, New York has practically ground to a standstill in apprehension of "Sandy", with the subway, public transport systems, airports, schools, banks, stock markets and shops all closed, sports and entertainment events cancelled. Around 9 thousand flights have been cancelled on the East coast.

Some 370,000 residents of low-lying areas have been ordered to evacuate.

According to expert forecasts, the raging elements could affect more than 50 million Americans, with possible damages estimated at 10-20 billion dollars.

Hurricane "Sandy" will affect millions - Obama

Mega-hurricane "Sandy", already dubbed frankenstorm, will affect millions of U.S. citizens on the East Coast. This was stated by President Barack Obama Monday in the White House after a Situation Room briefing on the hurricane.

Obama said that forecasts of the American Meteorological Service indicate that the epicenter of the hurricane will move from the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. coastal areas towards evening local time / i.e. closer to Tuesday morning/.

Earlier, the mega-hurricane struck the Caribbean, inflicting devastation and resulting in the death of over 60 people.

Sandy's makes landfall in New Jersey

Forecasters in Miami say the center of former Hurricane Sandy has made landfall along the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm packing torrential rains and wind roared ashore about 8 p.m. EDT Monday. The vast storm has already knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more.

Superstorm Sandy loses hurricane status

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.

Hurricane Sandy disrupts U.S. presidential campaign

Hurricane Sandy has disrupted the U.S. presidential campaign, just eight days ahead of elections.

President Barack Obama suspended campaigning and returned to Washington on Monday to oversee the response to Hurricane Sandy. His Republican challenger has curtailed political events out of respect for the storm’s potential victims.

A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Monday indicates both candidates are virtually tied in the presidential contest. Obama wants to show he’s on top of the storm response effort. He’s warned the nation to be well prepared for possible transport and power outages.

Superstorm Sandy floods NYC streets, causes massive blackouts

Hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy Monday flooded streets, leaving many parts of the New York City in the darkness, affecting airports, subways, and even hospitals.

Runways at the Laguardian International Airport were submerged and some sections of the city's subways were under four feet of water, while the power outage spread from the financial hub of lower Manhanton to the East Side, local media said.

The city's utility supplier Consolidated Edison said it shut electricity supply in certain Manhanttan neighborhoods to protect underwater systems from flood damage, while the outage in the east side was caused by flooding and probable loss of a transmission feeder.

The storm killed at least one city resident, who died when a tree fell on his home in the Flushing section of Queens.

Late Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said backup power had been lost at New York University hospital and the city was working to move people out.

With the storm expected to linger, the New York bourse house will be closed for a second day on Tuesday, after its shutdown on Monday, for the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As of 8 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT Tuesday), the National Hurricane Center's latest data showed the storm's maxim sustained winds were holding at about 130 kph and the storm was moving northwest at 37 kph.

Besides New York, the storm also hit other densely-populated eastern U.S. cities such as Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Hurricane Sandy halts flights in Americas

Hurricane Sandy had halted dozens of flights between Brazil, Colombia and the United States, authorities said Monday.

Brazilian airline TAM confirmed that seven flights from Rio and Sao Paulo to New York City were canceled for Sunday and Monday. Three more flights are to be canceled for Tuesday.

Copa Airlines has suspended flights to New York and Washington D.C. until Tuesday. Colombian airline Avianca has done the same.

United and Delta warned that flights to several cities in the American east coast could be canceled due to the storm.

Flights to Bogota from New York and Washington were also canceled.

Sandy, the 10th hurricane this year, was considered one of the strongest storms ever to affect the U.S. east coast.

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