Sandy death toll rises over 72; millions remain in the dark

2012-10-31 23:53:17 GMT2012-11-01 07:53:17(Beijing Time)
President Barack Obama hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours the damage in Brigantine, N.J. President Barack Obama hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours the damage in Brigantine, N.J.

Following the full wrath of the worst impacting-hurricane in the Northeast on record, the death toll continues to rise as millions remain in blackout.

Emergency officials reported Wednesday at least 72 deaths have been tied to Superstorm Sandy across 10 states with most of the deaths from falling trees during tropical storm and hurricane-force wind gusts during the storm.

New York has recorded the most deaths from the storm so far with at least 30. A majority of those deaths have been reported in the New York City area.

Nine other deaths have been reported in Pennsylvania, six in New Jersey, five in West Virginia, three in Connecticut, two each in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina and one in New Hampshire.

In the hours following the landfall of Sandy in southern New Jersey Monday evening, 8.48 million customers lost power, according to a Department of Energy collection of data.

More than half of those outages were from the states of New York and New Jersey.

About 6.2 million homes and businesses in 16 states remained without power early Wednesday as utilities worked to restore service.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said power restoration across parts of the New York City area would be difficult with power lines submerged under water in some subways.

New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said Sandy was the largest storm-related outage in its history with nearly 1 million losing power. The previous record was more than 200,000 customers affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Irene left more than 8.38 million customers out along the U.S. East Coast from South Carolina to Maine.

Some power companies are warning it will take not days but weeks for power to be full restored with the severity of the damage across the region.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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