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The Aftermath Of Sandy: At Least 55 Dead, Millions Without Power
October 30, 2012
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Post-tropical storm Sandy hit land last night, causing destruction and chaos.

At least 55 people are dead. At the storm's peak, more than 8 million homes and businesses lost power - including more than 200,000 homes across Ontario and Quebec.

Powerful winds continued today in parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, as well as storm surges along the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

But overall, Environment Canada says Sandy will weaken "very rapidly" as it moves toward the eastern Great Lakes. Still, about a quarter of all flights at Toronto's Pearson Airport were cancelled this morning. Flights were also delayed or cancelled at Ottawa International Airport and Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

A woman in her 50s was killed in Toronto when part of a sign fell on her. Police are looking for witnesses, so if you or someone you know saw anything, get in touch with them.


Meantime, in the United States, the work of figuring out the extent of the damage is getting started. Authorities are already projecting it to be somewhere between $10 billion to $20 billion, meaning it could be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in parts of New Jersey, New York City and Long Island so federal relief efforts can start right away.


In New York, 10 subway stations between Manhattan and Brooklyn were flooded. Authorities are pumping water, but it's not clear how long the repairs will take.


And at Ground Zero, the water came flooding in.


Authorities say it could be at least a week before power is restored to lower Manhattan, where everything below 39th Street is dark.

NYU Tisch Hospital had to be evacuated last night after the power went out. More than 200 patients, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care, were transported by ambulance to other hospitals.


A construction crane that was on top of a skyscraper in mid-town Manhattan collapsed, and a four-storey building in Chelsea lost its facade.


To follow the story as it unfolds, check out this CBC News post.

Waves crash against destroyed sections of a boardwalk in Atlantic City

Overturned flood dykes in Brooklyn

Boats piled on top of each other in Brick, New Jersey

A fire destroyed homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens

Ray Cilli and his friend Greg paddle to dry land in Little Ferry, New Jersey

Workers secure a fuel dock in West Babylon, New Jersey

A rainbow breaks out over Breezy Point in Queens

The effects of Sandy are being felt beyond North America. Across the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused 69 deaths, including 52 people in Haiti, 11 In Cuba, one Jamaica and one in Puerto Rico.


Cuba's second city, Santiago, is still without power today. As well as flooding the streets and causing widespread damage, Sandy has severely affected Cuba's coffee crop.

According to Reuters, the storm left 20 to 30 per cent of the crop on the ground, damaged processing centres and roads, and knocked down thousands of trees on plantations.


This will likely lead to the lowest coffee output from the country in over a century.


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