Death, darkness in US

Fury: America reels as freak Sandy wreaks havoc

Death, darkness in US

As Superstorm Sandy churned slowly inland, millions along the US East Coast awoke on Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were unusually dark and abandoned. At least 33 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 6,70,000 customers without power in and around New York City.

Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was cancelled again on Tuesday — the first time the exchange suspended operations for two consecutive days due to weather since a blizzard in 1888.

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