AirTalk for October 30, 2012

At least 39 dead and millions without power in wake of superstorm Sandy

East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

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A truck drives through a flooded street, caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in the Lower East Side of New York City. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City.

Although Hurricane Sandy slowed to become a tropical storm as it pushed inland on Tuesday, it still managed to devastate the East Coast, which suffered high winds, floods and power failures. There were at least 39 storm-related deaths in seven states.Tropical-storm-force winds extended out 485 miles from the center of the storm, which hit land near New Jersey.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “We had a storm of unprecedented proportions,” while speaking at a news conference and the Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority stated the storm was the most destructive in the 108-year history of New York’s subway system. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said his state, which received an expedited disaster designation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was hit the hardest and that the losses are “almost incalculable.” Larry checks in with New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum and WNYC news host Richard Hake to get the latest update on Sandy’s impact. 

Guests:

Michael Grynbaum, reporter for the New York Times

Kate Zernike, reporter for the New York Times in New Jersey

Richard Hake, news host ,WNYC

 


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