At Least 16 Killed as Superstorm Sandy Devastates US (Knocked Out Power to at Least 6.2 Million) [View all]
Source: The Herald Scotland
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2012
At least 16 killed as Superstorm Sandy devastates US
At least 16 people have been killed in the US and millions are without power after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline and hurled a record-breaking 13ft surge of seawater at New York City.
Sandy knocked out power to at least 6.2 million people across the east of the country and New York's main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides.
The 16 deaths were reported in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Some of the victims were killed by falling trees while police in Toronto said a woman was killed by a falling sign as high winds closed in on Canada's largest city.
A New York City hospital was moving out more than 200 patients after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out by the storm.