Super-storm Sandy has devastated parts of the US east coast. According to the media, at least 40 people have been killed, millions are without power.
New York is among the worst-hit, with flooding low-lying streets and wiping out power.
18 people have been killed In New York City. Subway system sustained the worst damage in its 108-year history, said Joseph Lhota, head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
Subway tunnels were flooded and electrical equipment will have to be cleaned before the network can re-open.
More than 15,000 flights were cancelled.
Sandy brought a record storm surge of almost 14ft (4.2m) to central Manhattan, well above the previous record of 10 feet (3m) during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said. On Long Island, 90 percent of homes were without power, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
“This was a devastating storm, maybe the worst that we have ever experienced,” Bloomberg said, adding that schools would be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
The New York Stock Exchange said it will re-open on Wednesday, as will the Nasdaq exchange.
According to NBC News, “at least four towns in north NJ were submerged by up to 6 feet of water after a levee broke.
Half of Hoboken, N.J., was underwater, preventing emergency crews from reaching areas of the city, according to Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We want people to be aware that it’s a very dangerous situation,” she told MSNBC.
” The storm surge destroyed homes, boats and other property in beach communities like Long Beach Island, N.J., and Fire Island, N.Y. Sand several blocks inland remained after the water receded”.
Police and rescue teams have assisted evacuating about 200 people stranded on New Jersey’s barrier islands, CNN’s Michael Holmes and Roger Clark reported from outside Toms River, just west of the islands.
” People on the islands had been ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, but many stayed. Though many people need rescuing, no deaths on the islands have been reported. Emergency evacuations for the day have been suspended, however, because of the coming darkness.”
Sandy was crossing Pennsylvania on Tuesday with winds of 45 mph,weakening, continued heavy rain and flooding over the next day.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the New York City area and New Jersey. It means that federal funds will be available to people affected by the storm, according to a White House statement.
Today, October 30 the storm was causing heavy snowfalls over the Appalachian mountains.
Blizzard warnings were posted for the mountains of West Virginia, western Virginia and Garrett County, Md. A federal emergency declaration was issued Tuesday in West Virginia, where more than 2 feet snow fell.