U.S. death toll at 110 as recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues
Volunteers unload water at an aid distribution center on Sunday in Long Beach, New York.
November 4th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

U.S. death toll at 110 as recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues

Editor's note: Six days after Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, the storm's U.S. death toll continues to rise - reaching 110 on Sunday, in addition to two killed by the storm in Canada and 67 in the Caribbean. Click here to read more about the recovery effort.

[Updated at 9:47 p.m.] "The operation to secure the boom of the tower crane on West 57th Street is complete," said Tony Sciafani, spokesman for New York's Department of Buildings. Six days ago, high winds from Sandy left it dangling and spurred fears it could fall. But now, "all buildings in the vicinity can be reoccupied," said Sciafini.

This photo shows the crane as it appeared Saturday, when efforts to secure it were already well underway:

[Updated at 8:30 p.m.] More than 1.5 million customers were still without power on Sunday night, six days after Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, according to data from utilities. More than 900,000 of those outages were in New Jersey, with about half a million in New York.

[Updated at 6:07 p.m.] An estimated 27% of stations in metropolitan New York - which includes parts of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York state - do not have gas for sale, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports. This is down from roughly 38% on Saturday and 67% on Friday, when significant power outages and a dearth of gas led to hours-long lines at stations that were open for business.

Whereas the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported no gas in 67% of metropolitan New York stations on Friday, the federal agency estimated that figure plummeted to 38% on Saturday.

[Updated at 5:46 p.m.] CNN's "Reliable Sources" looks at the role social media played in coverage of Sandy and its aftermath:

[Updated at 5:40 p.m.] Another 11 stocked U.S. military planes were set to arrive today at Stewart Air National Guard Base, about 60 miles north of New York City, the Defense Department said. Already, some 117 power restoration vehicles and 244 technical personnel have been flown to the same base. In addition, two C-130 planes will fly to eastern West Virginia with blankets that will be turned over to FEMA.

[Updated at 5:24 p.m.] While there are schedule modifications and possible delays, Amtrak trains should operate Monday morning throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. That includes Acela Express and Northeast Regional service "with reduced frequencies," and Empire Service between New York and Albany on a "modified schedule." Long-distance trains "will operate normally" in and out of New York City, Amtrak said.

[Updated at 5:08 p.m.] The overall U.S. death toll from Sandy is 110, after New York police revised the number of fatalities from that city. The Police Department said the city's number of "storm-related deaths reverted to 40 today, after one fatality was determined not to have been caused by the storm." Some 179 fatalities in the United States and elsewhere can be traced to the storm.

Who are the victims of Superstorm Sandy?

[Updated at 4:40 p.m.] PepsiCo has donated eight trailer trucks of drinks and snacks, while WalMart has given six trailers full of various items to help New Yorkers still suffering because of Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

WalMart's donation includes 5,895 cases of cleaning supplies and 2,051 board games. PepsiCo, meanwhile, is sending more than 100,000 cases of items such as Aquafina, Mountain Dew and Doritos, with a promise of 22 more trailer trucks full of goods later this week.

[Updated at 4:12 p.m.] About 164,000 Connecticut, New York and New Jersey residents have applied for federal assistance from FEMA, which has already approved more than $137 million in direct assistance for those in need, the White House said today. Some FEMA personnel are on the ground in the affected region.

[Updated at 4:05 p.m.] New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy engages in discussions in Lindenhurst, on Long Island's southern coast, about how to help residents hit hard by the storm:

[Updated at 3:19 p.m.] The American Red Cross said 60 more trailers of relief supplies, packed with things such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, tarps, masks and gloves, headed this weekend to storm-stricken areas.

[Updated 1:20 p.m.] New York State may allow voting past Tuesday, since so many people's lives have been disrupted by Superstorm Sandy.

The state Board of Elections told CNN that if a county determines it has less than 25% turnout, it can request a second day of voting.  The board would consider the request and, if approved, a second day of voting would be scheduled within 20 days of Tuesday.

"To my knowledge this has never happened in New York," board spokesman Thomas Connolly said.  "Will the turnout be low?  It’s hard to say - probably, it all depends if people have other priorities.”

[Updated 11:52 a.m.] More than 10,000 people across nine states spent last night in 123 shelters operated by the Red Cross, the agency told CNN.  The American Red Cross has 5,000 personnel in the region stricken by Superstorm Sandy, and is moving 80,000 blankets in ahead of colder weather expected this week.

[Updated 11:38 a.m.] Superstorm Sandy is now blamed for at least 111 deaths in the United States. The figure includes 48 in New York, 24 in New Jersey, 11 in Maryland, four in Connecticut, two in Virginia, six in West Virginia, one in North Carolina, one on the HMS Bounty, and one in New Hampshire, according to officials in the affected states.  It also includes 13 deaths in Pennsylvania, according to coroner reports.  The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says it has confirmed that seven of those 13 are storm related; the other six remain under review.

There were also two deaths reported in Canada and 67 in the Caribbean, bringing the overall death toll to 180.

[Updated 11:23 a.m.] The New York City Board of Elections has decided to temporarily relocate or combine some polling locations across all five boroughs because of damage from Superstorm Sandy.

[Posted 10:16 a.m.] Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will need housing after damage from Sandy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.

"People are in homes that are uninhabitable. It's going to become increasingly clear that they're uninhabitable when the temperature drops and the heat doesn't come on," he told reporters. "The reality is going to be in the temperature. We're going to have tens of thousands of people that need housing solutions right away."

Conditions are similar in stricken parts of other states.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he plans to take the subway on Monday, a sign that transit is coming back.

And with the presidential election coming Tuesday, Bloomberg vowed, "We'll do anything we can to help the board of elections."

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Hollywood

    The government should step in to find temporary homes. Then plans need to be made to help clean and rebuild. This is going to take a long time...

    November 4, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • lerianis

      The government is stepping in as much as possible. The bottom line however is that the best the government can do is to send trailers to temporarily house these people while their homes are cleaned or rebuilt.
      They should also require that ALL homes have to be covered even if the people didn't have flood insurance on them.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jacob

    Oh, wah!.. I swear, what would you people do if a real hurricane ever hit you?.. 8 ft storm surge?.. Try 25 ft, and see how you like it.. There was nobody there to mourn the loss of the neighborhood I grew up in, when Hurricane Alicia turned it into a nature preserve, in 1983.. and we were forced to settle with FEMA for a pathetic 2 grand.. Meanwhile, now FEMA practically builds you a new house, themselves!.. LMAO..

    Cry me a ***king river..

    November 4, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What a lovely and charming sentiment to send to those in all of the states affected.
      They'll feel MUCH better knowing that citizens such as yourself have their back.

      November 4, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • CoolB

      wow immaturity at it's finest right here. Way to lend a helping hand Jacob. Put your box of kleenex down, dry your tears and get outr there and try to be useful.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • getbent

      Bitter much?

      November 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      That's about what I'd expect from a Texan...

      November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      What a miserable person you are. Does the height of storm surge matter when your house is gone? Maybe its simply karma that you did not recieve the help and compassion you deny to others.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      The truth hurts.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamesdusch

      Jacob is right. New York is whining about their homes not being built back already. Why don't we finish rebuilding New orleans first and then start with new York. Don't you realize that Bush turned his back totaly on the poor people that were displaced in new orleans. A Lot of it still has not been rebuilt. After elections New York may not be so importanat either. Some of you are so clueless.....

      November 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    Armageddon is near, what does it matter.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • getbent

      Then by all means bury your head in the sand and wait for your fantasy sky god to make an appearance. And wait. And wait. Preferably until after the election.

      Meanwhile, the rest of us who live in the real world will get on with the business of living in the real world.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stan

    I'm almost tired of all the election stuff. It's probably good I voted early because now I really don't even care who wins. I'm pretty well sick of both of them.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Me too. The only thing even remotely interesting about the elections is how the minorities will react if Obama loses. I'm sure he will win, but it would be exciting watching all the blacks and occupiers riot.

      November 4, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    What about the coming fiscal cliff on Dec.31?

    Everyone is facing an average of $83 each month more taxes being taken from your paychecks for social security. This is coming up regardless of who is elected. It's congress refusing to extend tax cuts on the middle class.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Well. There goes the money I was putting in a 401k. I won't be able to afford that now.

      November 4, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Just wait until Romney cuts those programs by 40% and send everything back to the states. Your sales tax and property tax will go skyhigh.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stephen

    A lot of very very weally people live in New York. Those houses that burnt had a price of $450,000 on up. Ocean frontage on Rockway Island. I feel bad for them but these are very very rich people. Don't let them fool you. They are all in the to 10 percent and many are 1 percenters. They cry when they see their second home damaged then hop in their Mercedes and scoot over to their million dollar manhattan penthouse.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Wrong. i used to live in rockaway. the rent was 500. the projects were a couple blocks away. it had one of the highest homicide rates in nyc. you don't want to walk around there at night. when i got gas, i had to pay the 'guy' in the parking lot for 'protection' of my car while i went in the store. to be precise this was far rockaway at the end of the A train. i hate new york. i live in remote utah now. from hell to heaven.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alumette

    when you have three little kids and you do not need an extra income....stay home with them until they are in school. To expect a stranger to care for your children the way you would is irrational. You never know what monsters you bring into your lives.....these people have just found out.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    i don't feel sorry...soooo ironic one the highest priced real estate in the nation need housing who once overcharged for closet space with slumlord profits. the lesson: available reasonable affordable housing always...hoping fema/hud does not feed these greedy dogs and place a cap on housing cost..including hotel industry...

    November 4, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wishing death and starvation on millions of citizens?
      Did you goose-step your way to your Christian church today?

      November 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      always the drama queen I have no such wish and neither does christainity...people are suffering without empathy long before superstorm sandy...wondering how many tragedies will it take cities like new yay-jay to realize you don't have to economically oppress and financially strap others to get ahead...you kno' the skull and bone crushing accomplishments we called
      success...as for the goose-steppin' that dance is called extreme capitalism...

      November 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      "i don't feel sorry...hoping fema/hud does not feed these greedy dogs...". Your words. Banasy is pointing out what you said and she's the drama queen? You seem very cold hearted, and the people displaced or not greedy dogs, but ordinary everyday citizens such as, I assume, yourself. You don't want to feed and house the displaced people? YOU are a heartless dog. Grow up.

      November 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. darth cheney

    The truth is that someone pushing you to a website with a name like that is probably extremely untruthful.

    November 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. singlenear40

    It is a shame that while reading these articles about the storm that some people will make anything about politics. I am sure you would feel differently if you lost a loved one or maybe your entire life because your home was destroyed. I have experienced Hurricane Ike and can tell you how it affects people. I was fortunate that I only lost power but many people in Galveston and the surrounding areas lost everything. Some people are still trying to rebuild their lives. Some people just need to have a heart instead of making this about politics or putting those down who were affected by Sandy.

    November 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • amarjeet

      .Yes it is right as Giuliani & Romney/Ryan are politicalizing the Sandy suffering of people of NY without self-introspection

      November 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    To show empathy is to identify with another's feelings. It is to emotionally put yourself in the place of another. The ability to empathize is directly dependent on your ability to feel your own feelings and identify them.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Prophet

    warning a major global phenomenon is about to happen in 2012 of weather related catastrophic proportion, as a result of the son busts activities and solar flairs released thence brushing our atmosphere thus stretching it to its limits ans affecting everything including an upcoming major earthquake in California and other geological areas as yellow stone National park by this December.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©


      November 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    It's called "borderline personality disorder", and it is very real...and almost always untreatable.

    Of course, this has nothing to do with the huriicane, but I get your gist. I think.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Prophet

    planets will be aligned no one can stop the prophecy

    November 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Prophet

    the Earth wobbles slowly as it rotates seas will cover all land masses, the geological earth will be transformed totally

    November 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I believe your brain is starting to wobble as the water covers its masses.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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