November 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Headaches, heartache as Sandy’s U.S. death toll rises to 106

Editor's note: Promises of help to those affected by Superstorm Sandy became more specific Saturday, as officials got a better grip on how to overcome power and fuel shortages. Facing a backlash over initial plans to run the New York City Marathon as scheduled, officials canceled the event. Here is the full story and below is the latest news.

[Update at 3:50 a.m.] The number of customers without power dropped to 2.68 million, according to utility companies in 15 states and the District of Columbia

[Update at 10:59 p.m.] Remembering some of those tragically killed - young kids and their parents, alike - by Superstorm Sandy:

[Updated at 10:51 p.m.] President Barack Obama will helm a meeting Saturday morning involving several members of his Cabinet - including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu - and the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, a White House official said.

Top administration members will spend the day in some of the hardest-hit areas, according to the official. Napolitano will to go West Virginia and Long Island, New York; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Brooklyn and Manhattan; Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will head to Norwalk and Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will be in the Rockaways and Breeze Point, New York. Homeland Security adviser John Brennan, meanwhile, will be among the federal officials in Staten Island, New York, as well as the New Jersey cities of Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City.

[Updated at 10:26 p.m.] The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said all the airports it oversees - LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Stewart and Teterboro - "have resumed normal flight volumes." The George Washington, Goethals and Bayonne bridges are open, as is the Lincoln Tunnel. But traffic on the Holland Tunnel is restricted to one tube, and buses only.

Some significant challenges remain, however. PATH train services are suspended, and the "Port Authority's maritime facilities remain closed until further notice as recovery and clean-up efforts continue."

[Updated at 10:18 p.m.] As of Friday afternoon, more than 98,000 people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut had registered for federal assistance and more than $40 million in aid has been approved, FEMA said.

[Updated at 10:14 p.m.] Recreational vessels still can only enter or leave the Port of New York "to seek safe haven," though there is more movement of ships, tug boats and fuel barges than had been the case earlier, the Coast Guard reports.

The Manhattan and Bayonne cruise ship terminals are open, while the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal is still closed. Traffic is moving through Port Jersey Channel and Gravesend Bay anchorage, though Buttermilk Channel "is closed to all vessels not conducting surveys or debris retrieval operations."

[Updated at 9:44 p.m.] "Newark Switching Station has been fully repaired," Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker said. He predicted many substations would come on line soon and a significant number of city residents should get power back in the next 12 hours - though, for some, it might take four more days.

[Updated at 9:34 p.m.] The U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy is 106, up from 97 earlier in the day. State Police spokesman Adam Grossman said there were 22 storm-related deaths in New Jersey, where 13 had previously been reported.

[Updated at 8:35 p.m.] Wreckage remains in portions of Staten Island, including near New Dorp Beach, where homes and cars suffered major damage and trees, such as this one, were uprooted:

[Updated at 8:25 p.m.] Con Edison has "passed the halfway mark" toward restoring power to the roughly 910,000 customers left in the dark by Superstorm Sandy, said Senior Vice President John Miksad. With about 450,000 still without electricity, the official called the restoration effort the "most massive" ever in the New York utility's history.

[Updated at 8:18 p.m.] Hoping to decrease wait times and curb shortages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Friday tying whether a driver gets gas to his or her license plate number. It goes into effect in 12 counties at noon Saturday.

Under the order, on days that end in even numbers - such as November 4, 6 or 8 - gas station operators can sell gas only to those with license plates whose last digit is even. On odd-digit days, such as November 3, only those with plate numbers ending in an odd number or those with specialty plates can get gas. In New Jersey, only station attendants can pump gas.

[Updated at 7:58 p.m.] The Defense Logistics Agency, at President Barack Obama's direction, will buy up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel to bring to the areas hardest hit by this week's storm, FEMA said in a press release.

Transported on tanker trucks, the fuel will head toward New York, New Jersey and other areas that are experiencing severe gas shortages in the wake of Sandy.

[Updated at 7:37 p.m. ET] President Obama has authorized tapping the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve and distributing that fuel to "state, local and federal responders in the New York/New Jersey area," the U.S. Energy Department announced.

The fuel - which is loaned by the Energy Department, who will pass it onto Defense Department - will help power generators, water pumps, buildings, trucks and other vehicles. About 2 million gallons of fuel will be drawn down, with the Defense Department expected to replenish the stock within 30 days.

[Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET] The group behind the New York City Marathon which was supposed to happen Sunday but was canceled  will donate supplies to storm relief efforts, the New York City mayor's office says.

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, speaking to reporters about the decision to cancel this year's New York City Marathon, said that the event was called off because many New York residents weren't behind it in the wake of Sandy.

"This year it had became divisive; it was not unifying," Wolfson said. "If all of New York is not behind it as it is every year, then it's (not the New York City Marathon)."

Marathon official Mary Wittenberg said many would-be runners had come to New York in the past few days, despite the storm, to show support for the city. She asked for the runners' understanding.

"We all think all somebody has to do is turn on the television, and I think we'll have their understanding," she said.

[Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET] New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson clarified to reporters that the New York City Marathon which was scheduled Sunday but was canceled about an hour ago will not be held until next year.

Asked if officials considered delaying the marathon for a week or two instead of canceling, marathon official Mary Wittenberg said a number of options were discussed, including shortening the race so that it didn't go through certain storm-damaged areas.

Wolfson followed up Wittenberg's comments by saying "we did not think at City Hall that that made sense."

"The marathon is a five-borough race. … A 10-mile race in a portion of the city is not the marathon we (know and want). We thought it would be better to cancel and have a great marathon next year,” he said.

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] The decision to call off the New York City Marathon will make sense to many residents of Staten Island, CNN's Deborah Feyerick reported from New York. The race would have started on Staten Island, where tens of thousands of people still are without power.

"Virtually every single person" who talked to Feyerick on Staten Island on Friday, before the event was canceled, expressed outrage at the prospect that the event could happen on Sunday, she said.

Piles of flood-damaged debris rest outside many Staten Island homes. Residents told Feyerick that resources that would be used by the marathon should be used to help recovery efforts for example, buses that were to transport runners there should be used to take cleanup volunteers to the island, they said.

"Horrible idea ... disgusting ... that's just some of the words that I can repeat" on TV, Feyerick told CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Staten Island residents' feelings about previous reports that the marathon could go on.

[Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET] Here's a statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the decision to call off the New York City Marathon:

“The marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.

"We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event even one as meaningful as this to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”

The 26.2-mile course typically winds across New York's five boroughs, but does not include lower Manhattan, where heavy flooding left many neighborhoods in the dark.

The race had been scheduled to begin Sunday morning on Staten Island, where runners would have crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and run through Queens before crossing the 59th Street Bridge into Manhattan and the Bronx.

[Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET] Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday's New York City Marathon will not be held due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.

[Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET] Power is being restored to parts of lower Manhattan, Con Edison says:

Power company and elected officials hoped power would be restored to chunks of lower Manhattan this evening, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said minutes earlier.

Con Edison cautioned earlier that power might not immediately be available in flooded buildings.

Earlier Friday, Con Edison said it restored electrical service to 84,000 New York City’s Staten Island customers out of the 139,000-plus customers affected. It also said it was trying to restore power to about 570,000 customers in both New York City and Westchester County without power.

According to CNN's most recent count earlier this afternoon, about 3.3 million customers remained without power across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

[Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET] Officials in New York have been in meetings to determine whether Sunday's New York City Marathon will take place as scheduled, a New York official who declined to be named told CNN's Deb Feyerick. Another meeting was expected to take place within the next few hours, the official said.

[Updated at 4:26 p.m. ET] Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says he would favor postponing Sunday's New York City Marathon. As of now, the marathon is scheduled to go on.

"There are people suffering in ways that you can’t imagine ... and we want to help out people first," Stringer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer moments ago. He said it was a tough call, and he wasn't critical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has supported having the marathon go on.

"I think the mayor wants very much to show the world how resilient New Yorkers are … but I can’t help but think a generator that is serving the media tent in Central Park” would be better served assisting recovery efforts, Stringer said.

"In a close judgment call, I err on the side of caution. I've seen too many people waiting in lines for food," Stringer said.

Stringer said the city should focus first on recovery, and then making sure people can vote on Election Day, and then, only after these things are done, "we'll throw a marathon the world will be envious of."

Bloomberg has said that although the marathon will use up resources, they are not the type of resources that will help much with storm recovery.

[Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET] Some public schools in New York City will reopen Monday, the school system says.

Earlier today, CNN affiliate NY1 reported that eight high schools still will host evacuees on Monday, even if classes resume there.

[Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET] The number of deaths believed to be connected to Hurricane Sandy has risen to 97, according to state and local officials, up from CNN's previous count of 96. The latest death to be reported comes from New Jersey, where 13 fatalities have now been reported.

The count also includes 48 in New York state; 13 in Pennsylvania; 10 in Maryland; four in Connecticut; five in West Virginia; two in Virginia; one in North Carolina; and one on the HMS Bounty.

Deaths from Sandy also have been reported in Canada (two) and the Caribbean (67), bringing the total to 166.

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] An update from Con Edison’s efforts to restore power in New York’s Westchester County:

And Manhattan in New York City:

Earlier today, Con Edison said it restored electrical service to 84,000 New York City’s Staten Island customers out of the 139,000-plus Staten Island customers affected. It also said it is trying to restore power to about 570,000 customers in both New York City and Westchester County without power.

According to CNN's most recent count earlier this afternoon, about 3.3 million customers remained without power across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] New York City's subway operator has released a map of where service has been restored as of Friday.

Jodi Kaplan told CNN's iReport.com that she rode a line that reopened Friday Bronx to 34th Street - and that it "makes me feel like I am not trapped anymore."

"It feels like a trolley cart, there is only one line running,' she said. "It is huge and significant that some parts are starting to open."

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says blood donations are needed.

[Updated at 1:38 p.m. ET] More than $18 million in federal aid money has been dispersed so far, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Friday.

Much of that is in the form of rental assistance, which can extend for up to 18 months for those with major home damage.

“A lot of folks who flooded did not have flood insurance,” Fugate said.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET] The Red Cross has 4,000 disaster workers across storm damaged areas, with thousands more en route from other states, Charley Shimanski, the organization's vice president of disaster services, said Friday.

Nearly 7,000 people spent the night in emergency shelters across the region, including 30 shelters that opened in New Jersey, he said.

[Updated at 12:52 p.m. ET] At least 3.529 million customers remain without power, according to numbers provided by local providers.

[Updated at 12:42 p.m. ET] Trillions of dollars worth of stock certificates and other paper securities that were stored in a vault in lower Manhattan may have suffered water damage, CNNMoney reports.

[Updated at 12:37 p.m. ET] Rangers are trying to find a hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park by snows from the storm, CNN affiliate WBIR reports.

The hiker was able to make a cell call to police in Cherokee, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, according to the report. Rangers were dispatched to try to find the hiker, but they had to stop in a cabin overnight after walking nine hours and encountering snow drifts up to 5 feet deep, the report said.

Officials are considering a helicopter rescue after the hiker called police Friday morning to say he had made it through the night by may not be able to walk out, the report said.

[Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET] To make it easier for fuel to get into storm-damaged areas in the Northeast, the federal government has temporarily waived requirements that normally allow only U.S.-flagged ships to carry fuel into Northeastern ports.

The Department of Homeland Security has waived the Jones Act through November 13, allowing non-U.S. flagged ships to transport oil and gas from U.S. ports in the Gulf of Mexico to ports in the Northeast. The waiver is in the interest of “removing all the roadblocks and to make it as simple as possible,” a department spokesman said.

[Updated at 12:18 p.m. ET] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order waiving the state's requirements that fuel tankers register and pay a tax before unloading, he said in an afternoon press conference. This has been done to "accelerate the flow of gasoline," Cuomo said.

[Updated at 11:57 a.m. ET] County coroners in Pennsylvania have now reported 13 deaths believed to be related to Sandy, up from our previous count of nine, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. That brings the U.S. death toll to 96 and 165 on Sandy's full path from the Caribbean to Canada.

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Con Edison has restored electrical service to 84,000 Staten Island customers, according to a press release. More than 139,000 Staten Island customers were affected.

[Updated at 11:22 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 11:18 a.m. ET] Businesses had contributed more than $33 million in donations to Sandy relief as of early Friday, according to a tally from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civil Leadership Center, CNNMoney reports.

For more information on how you can help, see CNN's Impact Your World.

[Updated at 11:13 a.m. ET] The World Health Organization says 22 cholera treatment centers in Haiti were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and an increase in cholera alerts is being seen. Read more here.

[Updated at 10:52 a.m. ET] The Department of Energy reports 3.6 million customers without power across 11 storm-affected states as 9 a.m. ET.

[Updated at 10:29 a.m. ET] The recovery is under way in New Jersey.

[Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET] Here's a daunting thought for storm recovery efforts.

[Updated at 10:24 a.m. ET] There have been more than 100 altercations in gas station lines in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York since Thursday, Long Island Newsday reports.

[Updated at 10:17 a.m. ET] The National Weather Service has two warnings for people in the New York-New Jersey area for the next week: it's going to get cold and more rain, snow and gusty winds may be on the way.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s beginning tonight through the next week. "Those without power should be prepared for a number of cold nights ahead," forecasters said Friday.

In addition, a new coastal storm may hit the area next week. "This storm has the p0tential to bring strong gusty winds, rain/wintry precipitation, and coastal flood," the weather service said.

[Updated at 9:28 a.m. ET] A United Nations official says Hurricane Sandy has left as many as 1 million people in Haiti facing food shortages.

"We fear that a great deal of the harvest which was ongoing in the south of the country may have been destroyed completely,” Johan Peleman, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ operation in Haiti, said in a U.N. News Center report.

The nation's food supply was suffering from drought and the effects of Hurricane Isaac, which hit the country in August, before Sandy hit, he said. Plus, Haiti has 350,000 people living in camps established after a massive earthquake in January 2010 and those people still face problems getting enough food.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m. ET] A small piece of good news for New York City commuters.

[Updated at 8:49 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET] Five people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning in New Jersey since Monday, the Star-Ledger reports, as residents use gas- or diesel-powered generators to provide electricity in storm-damaged areas.

[Updated at 8:09 a.m. ET] Finding gasoline remains a problem in New York and New Jersey, CNNMoney reports.

Only 40% of the 2,944 gas stations tracked by AAA in New Jersey have power and are operational, according to Robert Sinclair, New York spokesman for the motorist group. He said only 35% of the 1,472 gas stations tracked by AAA on New York's Long Island are operational.

[Updated at 8:04 a.m. ET] In Crisfield, Maryland, flooding from Sandy has actually pushed coffins up from their graves, CNN affiliate WMDT reports.

"It's an airtight seal. When it's surrounded by water like that, the displacement of that coffin can actually lift that concrete lid right off," Philip Goldsborough of the Crisfield Volunteer Fire Company told the station.

[Updated at 7:54 a.m. ET] There are massive traffic backups on the Atlantic City Expressway, which connects the Jersey Shore to the Philadelphia area, this morning as property owners try to get to the shore to check on their holdings, CNN affiliate Philly.com reports.

[Updated at 7:18 a.m. ET] In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, banks are offering short-term loans and emergency credit limit increases to many East coast residents. Read the CNNMoney report.

[Updated at 7:13 a.m. ET] About 1.6 million customers in New Jersey are still without power on Friday morning, CNN afflilate News 12 New Jersey reports.

[Updated at 7:06 a.m. ET] Eight New York City high schools are expected to hold Superstorm Sandy evacuees and classes come Monday morning. CNN affiliate NY1 reports.

[Updated at 6:24 a.m. ET] More than 3.3 million customers in 15 states and the District of Columbia were still without electricity early Friday in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

[Posted at 6:19 a.m. ET] Superstorm Sandy did between $30 billion and $50 billion in economic damage, the catastrophe risk modeling firm Eqecat estimates. Insured losses will be between $10 billion and $20 billion, the firm says. Before the storm made landfall, the firm estimated Sandy's total losses at $10 billion to $20 billion. Read the CNNMoney report.

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  1. Sally Mander

    And you won't, because liars tend to melt when they get wet.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. brad

    Like EVERYTHING else that's wrong with this country.. ITS ALL BUSH's Fault.. Bush, the republicans and their poor folk bad weather makin' machine..

    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. TvNyC

    Obama is the man and he will get re-elected folks. Watch and see.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. TvNyC

    The people that have passed away are all in heavens now where we will end up being after 2012 ends. Take care folks and get ready. Pray for everybody each day. even pray for atheists, they are lost and Jesus died on the cross for all not just catholics or christians. The end is near. God bless us all.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alois Schicklgruber

      Now THAT'S funny.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    If your healthy NYers volunteer. Give out food, call the red cross and volunteer, get up some can drives, what is the mayor saying everyone should to do?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jeanne c

    I really can't believe what I'm reading here. How on earth could all these idiots blame a natural disaster on politics? ? These natural disasters have been occurring since the beginning of time, for millions of years before there was any kind of government. I personally don't care for Obama, but whether our leader is Muslim or not, or which states are red or blue has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with when or where a NATURAL DISASTER will occur. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS! ! !

    November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Benn

      Amen. Itt was caused by the weather. Not how this or that person votes. I sure hope things will get better for them soon.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    I can't wait to go hoe, turn on the TV and have a glass of wine.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Veronica

      When you go hoe how much will you charge?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Veritas Lavinga

    President-elect Romney on November 7 will begin to unravel the Benghazi fiasco and the entire world will know the deception of Obama administration. As for those who have died from hurricane Sandy, there was plenty of warning given about this hurricane. My condolences but next time the media starts talking about Frankenstorm, you get away. In fact I read today that Round 2 is already on its way.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name s kel

      Benghazi??? You fool the administration wanted over 300 million to upgrade securties for state dept prop. overseas. You know who said NO!!! It was the REPIBLICAN CONGRESS WHOS DEATH THOSE FOUR ARE ON!!! Speaking of failed security,it was BUSHS ADMISTRATION right wing distorted truth blamegamer that knew about the attacks , knew who the opertives were and STILL DID NOTHING!!!! Republicans ,war starting dont want or know how to end WAR MONGERS! You fox news fool!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      If Romney wins, which is unlikely, he won't take office until January 20th, 2013.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J2

    Mourn with those who mourn.

    Help those who need help.

    Empathize. Assist. Donate. Volunteer.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mooretone

      :>}} Smiling...................

      November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Beautiful!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      That's the spirit. We can all help each other.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    This is obviously Obama's fault. Everyone knows that Muslims control the weather because the Bible says so. There was a picture of Obama eating a sandwich on the internet and this was the Jihad code for Hurricane, it was turkey and that was the signal to aim the Hurricane machine at the North East, if it had been roast beef then it would have hit Florida. The media told people to evacuate but everyone knows the media is liberal and can't be trusted so Obama counted on this reverse psychology to keep people in the path of the storm to increase American casualties.

    This is exactly how ridiculous about half of our country sounds. America: check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mooretone

      Think with your heart not your head for politics..........................PEOPLE (ALL) MATTER. Whatever happens to America is not as important as the loss of a single life in NYC or elsewhere, as a failure of We to put aside our petty bickering. You guys need to lose the blame and anger and look to your heart for God and the message of peace saving a life is more valuable than counting the pennies of Sandy's wrath.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Ray

      I knew it was the governments fault. They have that fancy HAARP weather controlling machine. It can read our thoughts too.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mooretone

    Ted Turner, Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, George W. Bush.......................you need to pay foreward and you need to get funds and micro-management to the East Coast. You know why you are called.....................people matter!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mooretone

    Christ is "King" in Greek. To be called "King Of The Jews" by Roman Templars, French Templars and English Templars............................is an insult! There is Jesus Of Nazareth and then there are those using Christ to build a anti-Jesus following using money as the lure...........................the Scottish Rite–ha! Men annoint All Saints..............God annoints prophets and messengers. Those using the trinkets to lend expecting repayment at high interest rates are revealed! The War begins! Nasa.................Allen................Gates...............et al..................give the money back to the people NOW!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. CalGal

    I know Sandy has been devastating for some and you folks have our sympathy. The rest of the country has also experienced terrible tragedies and we know how painful it can be. But does the NY-centric cable news devote this much air time to disasters in other parts of the country? Nope. In October 2007, when half a million people in San Diego County were evacuated because of wildfires that destroyed 1500 homes, killed 7 people and injured dozens of firefighters, there was no week-long wall-to-wall coverage. Same with October 2003,when SD wildfires destroyed 2800 homes, 23 businesses and killed 15 people. Seems to me, the only disaster to get this much coverage was Katrina - thank goodness, since it was the worst disaster in U.S. history and our president seemed to think it was happening in some foreign country. But CNN, get some perspective. Sandy is now a local story.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      HOW many states were affected by Sandy?
      Which of the local stations in all of the states affected should run this story, then? You could not be more wrong.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I watch newscast after newscast about California fires every year. Does the world revolve around your state? Are you actually JEALOUS of another state's disaster? Then come on out here to New Jersey, & be without heat as the temperature goes below freezing! Honestly, what is wrong with you?

      November 3, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Benn

    Gosh. 96 is pretty sad. Hopefully things will get better for everyone there soon.

    President Obama and FEMA are doing the best they can. I'll bet over the next week or so things will get much better.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mr. Burns

    My thing is why isn't the Dow falling? I sold short in anticipation of the coming "fiscal cliff" and troubles following the election. If Mitt is elected many believe minorities may riot. If Obama is reelected I've heard many businesses are going to shut their doors (in anticipation of ncteased regulations). Either way, the stock market should be tanking. Now with the hurricane Sandy troubles, the market should really be falling. Maybe it's because computers do most of the trading now. Everyone says things are going to get alot worse regardless of who wins the election. Did you know come Dec 31 everyone who makes $50,000 or more will have an $83 increase in timey taken from your paycheck for Social Security? Alot of laws and tax breaks that benefit average Americans are running out. Things are going to get bad.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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