Sandy’s impact: State by state

Posted at 6:13 AM, Oct 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-31 22:26:13-04

By the CNN Wire Staff

Sandy is winding down, having spent much of its fury in the past two days crashing into homes and trees, cutting power and wrecking cities along the Atlantic Coast.

It has claimed at least 56 lives in the United States and 124 total.

The system reaches from the Appalachians to the Great Lakes and beyond to Canada, and it is triggering winter storm warnings from the mountains of Pennsylvania to those in North Carolina and Tennessee.

A running CNN tally reflects a steady restoration of power, but 5.3 million customers remained without power Wednesday night in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Here’s a look at how Sandy has affected the United States and Canada:


— The death toll stands at two, according to Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. The victims, one of them a firefighter in Easton, were killed by falling trees.


— Delmarva Power predicted power will be fully restored by 6 p.m. Friday.

— Gov. Jack Markell removed driving restrictions Tuesday evening.


— Metro transportation bus and rail service were expected to be normal.


— The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of the state Wednesday, with heavy rain expected as Sandy heads toward Canada.


— Two people died.

— After a raw sewage leak Tuesday, power has been restored to a processing plant. Howard County said drinking water was not affected.


— “Wave goodbye to Sandy!” the National Weather Service office in Boston posted early Wednesday to Twitter. “The effects from this storm gradually come to an end today.”


— Motorists lined up for blocks to buy gas in Hazlet. Others awaited their turns to fill up red canisters they carried with them.

— President Barack Obama toured storm-damaged areas.

— Sandy killed at least six people in the Garden State, said Gov. Chris Christie, who had warned people in low-lying areas to evacuate. “We’re lucky that more people didn’t die as a result of folks ignoring those warnings,” he told reporters.

— Some 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be delivered to the state by Thursday night to run trucks and generators at nursing homes, hospitals and other high-priority locations, he said.

— “When it comes to getting things done, I don’t care what party somebody’s in,” said the Republican governor after touring the disaster area with Obama, a Democrat. “I’m aware of all the atmospherics. I’m not in a coma. But the fact is, I don’t care.”

— State offices will be open Thursday

— “We’ll be ready for Election Day, one way or another,” Christie said.

— It will take weeks for rail service to resume on the coastline, according to New Jersey Transit Rail. Downed trees covered the tracks in many areas, ripping down power lines with them, while other sections of track are washed out.

— Amtrak said it would provide modified Northeast Regional service on Thursday between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, and between Newark and points south.

— Amtrak was removing water and repairing track, signal and power systems in tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers. It was planning to offer modified service to and from New York City on Friday.

— There is no Northeast Regional service between Newark and New Haven, and no Acela Express service anywhere along the Northeast corridor.

— PATH train service, which typically ferries 245,000 people under the Hudson River to New York City each weekday, is suspended until further notice. New Jersey Transit train and light rail service remain suspended.

— New Jersey Transit buses resume service Thursday.

— Newark Liberty International Airport opened Wednesday; Teterboro Airport is open during the day.


— The Army Corps of Engineers will begin pumping water from flooded tunnels beginning Thursday, a spokesman says.

— Near-normal train service will resume from Mount Kisco, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, to Grand Central Terminal for rush hour Thursday morning.

— Curtains will rise again Thursday night in theaters on the Great White Way after staying dark since Sandy’s assault. “The show must go on, and Broadway shows are doing just that,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, in a statement.

— The ING New York City Marathon will be held Sunday as planned, Mayor Mike Bloomberg told reporters.

— Thursday’s planned game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center has been postponed.

— Cars crossing New York’s East River bridges between 6 a.m. and midnight must carry at least three people, Bloomberg said. Taxis are exempt.

— Bellevue Hospital was evacuating evacuate its remaining 700 patients, some of them critically ill, in a process that could take two days, a source familiar with the evacuation plan told CNN.

— Public schools will remain closed for the week.

— Limited commuter rail service on Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road was to begin at Wednesday afternoon, and limited New York City subway service will begin Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Service below 34th Street remained out.

— A fire in Breezy Point, Queens, incinerated 110 homes, a fire official says.

— At least 28 fatalities were tallied in New York, police said.

— John F. Kennedy International Airport reopened Wednesday with limited service, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. LaGuardia Airport was to reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday with limited service.

— Buses were to run on regular routes Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced, cautioning that there may be detours and “substantial waits.” Limited subway service was to resume Thursday morning, along with bus service between Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown.

— Engineers have concluded that ties from a collapsed crane atop a luxury apartment building on West 57th Street are secure, but the street below will not be reopened until this weekend at the earliest, Bloomberg said.


— The death toll stands at two, including a crew member of the HMS Bounty, which sank.

— The Bounty’s captain is missing.

— The state of emergency for 24 western counties remains in effect because of snow.


— The state has dispatched nearly 400 crews to clear storm debris.


— The death toll in the state rose to nine, including an 8-year-old boy who was struck by a tree limb.


— Virginia’s death toll remains at two, both traffic fatalities.

— The state has seen heavy snowfall.


— Officials report at least five storm-related deaths.

— Parts of West Virginia have seen at least 2 feet of snowfall from Sandy, and more snow is expected in the Appalachians.


— Sandy’s residual effects were still being felt in the United States as it continued to drift northward into Canada, dropping more rain over some of the Great Lakes.

— Authorities blamed flying debris for the death of a Toronto woman.

CNN’s Marina Carver contributed to this report.

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