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 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 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.

soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Mtheorist

    Maybe Mittens should rush over there and posthumously baptize all those bodies

    November 2, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      He'd be too busy cutting FEMA.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Life

      Hey Freak – Tea Party and Cons want to CUT. YOU ARE TO BLAME.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Why don't you show respect for the dead & stop trolling, dweeb.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Won


      November 3, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Republicans say government is super bad until they need it. Hypocrisy at its best. Get 12 feet of water, then live on your roof for 5 days, then maybe you can cry.

    You babies are crying about long gas lines or not having power for a few days. Go a few months without power, then go ahead and complain.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      People will be going a few months without power were washed out to sea. I'm on day 5 with out it, and my town didn't nearly get it as bad as the Jersey Shore. Are you blind to the fact that this is one of the most heavily populated areas in the country and we are facing another storm next week? Also weather starting tonight with temperatures in the 30's? We don't have heat! THINK BEFORE YOU POST DUMB THINGS.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      The northeast are all blue states. The vast majority of those affected are democrats. It isn't the Repubs complaining.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Dayum Tim

      How do the weather problems have anything to do with politics ?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ridiculous statement that has nothing to do with this storm, nor does it comfort those who have lost loved ones and their homes.
      Grow up.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom McNamara

      If Katrina was Bush's fault, then Sandy is Obama's fault.

      Whats fair is fair.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Yeah finding them in MANDATORY EVACUATION ZONES

    November 2, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    @ Glen..well said the fact is Government and their presidents and Representatives are in it for them selves, our Government rather colonize promote peace and stability scarify American lives in the middle east, when here at home our infrastructure is antiquated, outdated and dilapidated. Sandy is an eye opener shows we are not prepared for the most basic needs, there will be a mega storms in the years ahead due to the climate changes and ice melting. Shame on you Government for not taking care of your most valuable assets, the American People Needs in a time like this. At my house we still have no power, and the why in not Sandy, the why our Government at State and local level to modernized out power grid and all utilities. As an engineer its embarrassing to still accept the delivery of utilities via wires over poles,
    its old and stupid.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The new idea Congress wants smaller government, allowing the states to take of their own problems. Yet the right wing wants to fully fund the military industrial complex by ignoring the infrastructure needs here in America ....We'll have, in time , a world class military protecting a deteriorating third world economy.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granny blb

      The underground power lines were not affected by falling trees, but they were not unaffected. Remember the video of the transformer explosion?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FedUpWithComCrap

    A Mandatory Evacuation means just that – it's MANDATORY that you EVACUATE. I sympathize with the families on their losses, but also realize that their losses would be MUCH, MUCH lower had they heeded the orders to leave while there was plenty of time to get off the island.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake1717

      It's easy to say that people should evacuate, assuming, of course, they have somewhere to go.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • NC Girl

      There were places to go. There lots of shelters opened before the storm, with buses running to move people.

      Living in NC I have seen enough hurricanes to know you don't ignore a mandatory evacuation order. You get your tail to high ground. I would rather live out my car for a week in a walmart parking lot 50 miles away than drown in my house.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      to be honest jake would it take much effort to drive an hour inland and stay at a motel 6 for a couple of days?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pablo

    What do you want him to do? Sit alone in the WH and mourn? He has the administration working the problems in a dedicated manner.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • moose1

      I expect him to go play golf like he usually does during a crisis. Maybe go on another vacation, at tax payer expense with Michelle, the girls and friends!!

      November 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      Pablo The only thing that Obama is dedicated to is reducing the wealthy to the food stamp society.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CoolB

    What has happened and will continue to happen is a terrible tragedy but Obama is one man. He has responded very well to this tragedy. Will you only be satisfied if he is there on site zipping body bags?

    November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • NC Girl

      People seem to want Obama there on the ground doing the work. But that would NOT be a help. I don't mean that in a negative way. I mean that he would only be in the way, with all the secret service, traffic diverted, police and fire pulled away from diaster relief. No it is better for Obama to be elsewhere and let the local responders concentrat on getting their job done. Obama should be workingto make sure the states get the federal aid they need, which according to Christie, is what he is doing.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom McNamara

      Tell that to Staten Island.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Prophet

    Obama will lose this Election, shame on you Government for not modernizing our infrastructure like modern and high speed trains,Highways without holes,low gas consumption cars, schools that actually works, band corn starch and high fructose corn chemicals, which are also feed to live stuck to promote fast growth, and last but not list remove and reform our antiquated power grid systems for good, no more wires over poles, no more outages.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      If you are going to post something and act like a expert, then please learn how to spell. It is obvious that you are not a engineer.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      To do that, the Government needs money.
      Money comes from taxes.
      Nobody wants to pay them.
      End the wars, quit finding news reasons to go to war, and perhaps we'll have some money to pay for those needs.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Subin

      You Idiot its the republicans, especially Paul ryan is against spending money on infrastructure.The Romney and his running mate is going to lose this election.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      No one cares who wins the election. This is about helping others. As long as Romney wins everything will be ok.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • David B

      These are all the things the Republicans have voted against before and which they'll poo poo again.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Coffins are popping up now?
    Oh, my.
    Shades of Poltergeist...
    This is such a sad event...
    Actually, the recovery is going better than I had expected.
    My thoughts are with you folks.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • wootang

      Coffins rising out of the ground. Nice... now here comes the zombie apocalypse

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Boney Lee

    Who will throw out the first katrina comparison and the senseless race issues that accompany that argument?

    November 2, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    reports coming in daily tell the extent of devastation and tragedy left in Sandy's wake.
    The death toll and losses are staggering. The admn. in affected areas seem to be struggling with the recovery effort. Undoubtedly FEMA and other Fed agencies have responded rapidly with President's direct involvement.
    Its a national crisis.
    The worrisome news is that this storm is seen as beginning of a trend for super storms.
    Time to stand together folks.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Good morning saywhat

      We can only hope the nature of people will change to reflect the need for togetherness. Times are getting very bad and for a large part all we see is the every man for themselves scenarios. I truly hope that this disaster that was meted upon you guys will opent the eyes of everyone to realize we are a giant community and must come together in order to survive what is to come.
      My best to you my friend and all others afefcted by this storm. Please be patient. Recovery time after these type of emergencies isnot going to be as fast as you would like it to be. It never is. Just trust in each other and help each othe in any way you can. I promise it wil get better.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Good morning @banasy and rightly said your 9:57.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

    what a great tradegy owl, govt needs to do some thing fast!

    November 2, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Humanity4All

    I advice the people in the nearest to those affected.. please reach out to them and have them moved to nearest shelter area until all the necessaties are restored....

    November 2, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. mikey

    see how Obama handled that one.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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