Superstorm Sandy’s toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents
Editor’s Note: Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore last night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. Twenty-nine people are known to have died in the U.S. and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67. Millions are without power. Floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Here is the full story and below is the latest news as we learn it.
[Update 3:26 p.m.] Police and rescue teams have assisted evacuating approximately 200 people stranded on the barrier islands, CNN’s Michael Holmes and Roger Clark report 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.
- Obama: ‘This storm is not yet over’
- More than 7.5 million without electricity
- Bloomberg: NY’s ‘worst storm ever’
- Wall Street, NYC subways shut down