Hurricane Sandy

Excellent summary from the Telegraph:

– 35 people reported dead

– Barack Obama declares ‘major disaster’ in New York and cancels Wednesday’s campaign trip to Ohio

– Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, says at least 10 dead in city alone

– Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, says the storm has caused ‘unthinkable devastation’

– Over 50 homes destroyed as firefighters battle raging fires in the borough of Queens

– Over 8 million people reportedly left without power after record storm

– Levee breaks in Northern New Jersey, flooding three towns

– 13 foot storm surge bursts the banks of the East and Hudson rivers, submerging New York’s road and subway tunnels

– New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it is worst disaster in the history of the NYC subway system

– Alert issued at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge

– New York University hospital has to move patients to other hospitals after it loses power and a backup generator

– Heavy snow is reported in parts of West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina as Sandy merges with the descending cold front from Canada

– Cities along the coast from Boston and New York down to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington are expected to remain partially paralysed on Tuesday

– One dead and captain still missing from stricken HMS Bounty replica

– President Barack Obama cuts short election campaigning in Florida and rushes back to Washington to manage storm response

– Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney cancels all campaign events on Monday and Tuesday as pundits ponder how the storm will influence the White House race just a week before election day

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