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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I don't like that man's prophecy.
    Cut off his head and send me another fool.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Prophet

    @jIF cutting off my head will not stop the prophecy, a prophecy is a process in which one or more messages that have been communicated to a prophet, then communicated to others. but cheers anyway to you hope you find soul mate.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Im glad brother JIF did "cut your head off" some one had too.

      November 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      As you think you can see the future, you should also be able to glimpse the past; how do you not know that the people here have been happily married to their 'soul mates' for years?

      I predict weather will happen.

      November 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ashley Miller

    Seriously the government can't put voting off for a disaster such as this. If I were a New Yorker or New Jersey resident I would say screw politics and wouldn't even vote. We as a country can pause for a few weeks even a month as far as presidential elections go and give these people time to mourn. Maybe the government of the United States of America should spend money and resources helping people who have nowhere to live instead of worrying about their precious votes, and voting sites. How disrespectful and disgusting.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      You obviously have a couple problems. First, the government is doing everything possible to help the victims. What makes you think they haven't, when they were in the areas prior to the storm, have been working 24/7 since the storm and have been working together, federal and state, to bring assistance. In case you missed it, the storm took out most utilities and their resources, including vehicles, infrastructure. As far as the election, we have very strict and binding rules for holding presidential elections, you can't just decide to change them on a whim. Perhaps you should first read, study and comprehend BEFORE making your comments, hmmmmmm

      November 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Jim

      They are spending money, do you live under a rock, maybe?

      November 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dude

    US citizens cannot take another day of politicians begging for office..... We all vote Tuesday and then it's done.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nonyabidnes2

    While it saddens me to hear of the horrific damage and loss of lives. I believe extending this election will only hurt those who are tired of robo calls and TV ads...

    November 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    "As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us."

    November 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      YEP.... if is not just the survival of the fittest,, but the smartest! If you expect the government to take care of you, you need to think again..... the government does not make a good babysitter or provider... it just makes you dependent on what is usually a failed bureaucratic system ....

      November 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...the problem with your premise: man lost this round....

      November 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dude

    Push the vote back? Please don't. We can't stand all the political bickering. This just needs to be over so Hillary can begin campaigning for 2016.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jamesdusch

    it really doesn't matter if one of the candidates get 270 electoral votes without New York then the election are over and a winner will be announced. If neither gets 270 without new York that is a different story.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jamesdusch

    It doesn't matter if one of the candidates gets 270 electoral votes without New York it's over... Remember popular vote doesn't matter in the US.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. eldeefox

    Is Prophet a Mormon prophet?

    November 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    "the hurricane" "Hurricane Sandy" "Sandy" "the storm" are appropriate labels for the storm. Since when has "superstorm" become an accepted term for a hurricane, a hurricane that by all measures, was relatively weak? If the storm hadn't hit at a full moon high tide, there wouldn't have been nearly as much damage. Full moon high tides have absolutely no connection with a hurricane. Let's try to ease off of making new, unnecessary words, and start using the ones we already have, which are entirely sufficient.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Jim

      You clealy weren't paying much attention were you. The hurricane got wrapped up in a noreaster type of system and became exponentially more powerful and widespread. Read and learn before spouting nonsense.

      November 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bolaji09

    I was astounded at the 111 death toll of Sandy...then I looked up Katrina's.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChandlerResident

    Republicans want to keep religion out of the race (Mitt = Mormon) except when incorrectly talking about President Obama's religion which happens to be the same as most Americans...Christian.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stephen

    110 isn't so bad. Think of all the rich people in New York without Perrier or Dom Perignon. It is the one percenters that are truly suffering. I can't believe someone In New York or New Jersey is having to survive a day without caviar. Poor billionaire North Easters. Having to live like a normal person for a few days. How shalt you survive.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mel

    Everyone up there in the NE are just abunch of beggars anyhow.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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