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Sandy's aftermath: Millions without power, heavy property damage & deaths reported in storm's wake (UPDATE)

Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's Financial District in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in in the New York City borough of Queens. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire in the Breezy Point section, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
A fire burns at least two dozen homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Fire officials say the blaze was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
A FDNY firefighter and a New York police officer look up at a construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangling precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
This photo provided by MTA Bridges and Tunnels shows floodwaters from Sandy entering the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel), which was closed on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. New York City shut all three of its airports, its subways, schools, stock exchanges, Broadway theaters and closed several bridges and tunnels Monday as the weather worsened.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
A closer shot of the construction crane atop a luxury high-rise that dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Destroyed sections of an an old boardwalk from Hurricane Sandy are seen in an area that flooded by the beach on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
A police car drives by a downed tree in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York after Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage in the area on October 30, 2012 in New York.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Workers clear a downed tree blocking East 96th street in New York City's Central Park the morning after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012.
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Much of the New York City skyline sits in darkness after Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, 2012.
Workers shovel debris from the streets in Ocean City, Maryland, October 30, 2012, hours after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the power company said it could be the weekend before power comes back for the hundreds of thousands plunged into darkness by Hurricane Sandy.

Bloomberg also said it could also be four or five days before the subway, which suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history, is running again. All 10 tunnels that carry New Yorkers under the East River were flooded.

ConEd officials said they prepared for a big storm — but no one predicted that it would be this big. The highest surge on record for the area was 11 feet in 1821, and the substation was built to withstand a 12.5-foot surge. Instead, they got 14 feet. The 1 million without power at one point set a record for ConEd.

Jimmy Kimmel, normally based in L.A., was planning to bring "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to Brooklyn for a week of shows, but ended up canceling his Monday taping. However, he'll be live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night.

Monday's guests are scheduled to include Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan from "30 Rock," plus musical guest Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

— AP with Mike Roe/KPCC

UPDATE: 12:00 p.m.: The Associated Press has increased Sandy's death toll to 39, as the storm now moves west across Pennsylvania with winds of 45 mph.

More than 8.2 million people across the East Coast are without power. New York City was especially hard hit, its subways shut down and much of Manhattan left without power.

And it's not over yet. The storm, which merged with two other weather systems, is expected to make a turn into New York State tonight.

Although it keeps getting weaker, forecasters still expect it to bring heavy rain and flooding.

The impact is beginning to be felt as far as the Midwest: waves on southern Lake Michigan have risen above 20 feet, tying a record. High winds spinning off the edges of the storm clobbered the Cleveland area, uprooting trees and cutting power to hundreds of thousands on Tuesday.

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It also brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and neighboring states, with more than 2 feet of snow forecast in some areas.

And economists are beginning to tally the financial impact of the storm. It could end up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, the AP reports.

There is also an updated summary of the destruction broken down state-by-state.

UPDATE: 9:20 a.m.: The Associated Press is reporting 33 people have died as a result of Sandy, many of them killed by trees toppled by the powerful storm.

New York City is virtually cut off: Subways are shut down, after suffering what officials say was the worst damage in the system's history. Runways at the city's two airports are under water and many streets remain flooded.

Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater into low-lying streets. Most of the city's major tunnels and bridges are closed, as are the three major airports in the region.

Besides flooding, a huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a beachfront neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens early today. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Authorities are still assessing the extent of the damage in New Jersey. Police and fire officials have been trying to rescue hundreds of stranded people. Two neighboring communities were suddenly inundated by as much as five feet of water this morning.

Gov. Chris Christie said the damage along the Jersey Shore is "some of the worst we've ever seen." He said the cost of the storm is "incalculable."

The storm put the White House campaign on hold just a week before Election Day. President Barack Obama has canceled a third straight day of campaigning, scratching events scheduled for tomorrow in Ohio.

PREVIOUSLY: Residents along the East Coast are waking up to the aftermath of Sandy's landfall as a hurricane along the Jersey Shore.

As of 6 a.m., more than 7 million people have lost electricity and utilities said it will be at least several days before power is restored. The damage is being calculated in the tens of billions of dollars, most of it due to flooding. Seven New York City subway tunnels have flooded, many areas of Atlantic City are under water, levees are strained or breaking and trees have fallen all across the region, damaging structures and power lines.

Officials blame 18 deaths on the storm.

Travel disruptions to and from the Northeast continue, with hundreds of flights cancelled at Southern California airports. At LAX, 129 flights were cancelled Sunday, 200 on Monday and 104 so far on Tuesday. You can see the status of LAX flights here.

Additionally, Gov. Jerry Brown said the California National Guard flew airplanes, helicopters and two specialized rescue teams to North Carolina on Monday. They join 10 search-and-rescue experts from fire departments up and down the state who were sent to Virginia and other areas late last week.

Brown says more than 80 people trained in medical aid and emergency response were being sent. Pacific Gas & Electric also said it sent more than 150 workers to help restore power in New York.

Sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The forecast calls for it to weaken as it travels over land. But rain and now snow generated by the weather system continue to wreak havoc throughout the region.

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Below is a state-by-state summary of damage compiled by the Associated Press, followed by links to news sites with the latest information and you can follow the storm's track with Google's crisis map: 


North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue expanded a state of emergency to western North Carolina, which could see a foot of snow. A woman who was pulled from the Atlantic after abandoning a tall ship died. Power outages: 6,600.


The Long Island Sound flooded roads as the storm toppled trees and power lines Two people died, including an Easton firefighter who was killed when a tree fell on his truck. Power outages: More than 615,000.


Nearly all residents of flood-prone coastal communities in Kent County heeded calls to evacuate. The Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach resort communities were flooded. Power outages: More than 45,000.


High wind warnings and a lakeshore flood warning are in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago. City officials said Lake Shore Drive is expected to remain open.


A winter storm warning is in effect for three southeastern counties until Wednesday. In some areas, winds could gust up to 50 mph through Tuesday.


Wind gusts topped 60 mph, shutting down the port of Portland and knocking out power to homes and businesses. Power outages: More than 86,000.


Floodwaters swamped touristy Ocean City. In western Maryland, snow tied up traffic. A falling tree killed a man in Pasadena. Power outages: 290,000.


Strong winds and heavy surf led to mandatory evacuations in sections of coastal Dartmouth and Fall River and voluntary evacuations in other coastal communities. Power outages: More than 300,000.


High winds knocked out power to at least 60,000 homes and businesses.


Politicians canceled visits to the presidential swing state on Monday. Power outages: 179,000.


The center of the storm came ashore Monday evening near Atlantic City, which was cut off from the mainland by the storm surge along with other barrier islands, stranding residents who ignored warnings to evacuate. Hundreds of people were being evacuated after a levee broke in the northern New Jersey town of Moonachie. At least three deaths were reported. Power outages: More than 2.3 million.


A record storm surge that was higher than predicted along with high winds damaged the electrical system and plunged millions of people into darkness. Utilities say it could be up to a week before power is fully restored. The governor's office said there were five storm-related deaths. A fire burned 50 houses in one flooded section of Queens. Power outages: More than 1.8 million.


The Cleveland area and northeast Ohio were being slammed with rain and high winds. Snow was reported in some parts south of Cleveland and south of Columbus. Power outages: More than 250,000.


Wind and flooding closing more than 200 bridges and roads. Four people died, including an 8-year-old boy who was killed when a tree limb fell on him. Power outages: 1.2 million.


Howling winds and storm surges forced mandatory and voluntary evacuations in low-lying and coastal communities. Providence's hurricane barrier performed well in one of its biggest tests. Power outages: 115,000.


Snow expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds expected in many areas.


Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed. Power outages: More than 10,000.


Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. A curfew was ordered Monday on Chincoteague Island. Power outages: More than 131,000.


Federal and local governments will remain closed Tuesday along with the courts, public schools and the Metro system that serves 1.2 million weekday customers. Widespread cancellations are expected at the region's three major airports. Power outages: 25,000.


Some areas are buried under more than a foot of snow. A woman was killed in a traffic crash. Power outages: More than 128,000.


A village along Lake Michigan suggested residents evacuate Tuesday morning because of the possibility of dangerously high waves and flooding.

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