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. freshnewblog

    Wow. That storm killed 110 people.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Ive heard a heck of alot more whining from the hurricane katrina victims (and this many years later theyre still whining) than ive heard from the victims of sandy! And there is SOMETHING wrong with you if you DONT have compassion for EITHER victims!

    November 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gulfport Admiral93

      We had a little more reason to whine considering the fact that some of our towns were literally rolled over wiped out by katrina. i witnessed a casino barge come in with the surge and level an entire city block.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    And OBVIOUSLY this storm did NOT just hit the wealthy neighborhoods, just as katrina did NOT hit the poverty neighborhoods! WTH kinda thinking is that? Damn sure isnt from a spiritual persons way of thinking!

    November 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Randy

    Very sad! – But I feel that the worst is yet to come. Thanks to the IBEW, people that are willing to help have been turned away because they don't have a union card !! Now thousands of people who would be warm and have hot food must do without. And everyone thinks the looters are the bad guys – I wonder – – – – –

    November 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This is a lie.
      The utility company from Alabama denied it themselves.
      'Alabama power companies are DENYING a local TV station's report that linemen who had traveled to New Jersey from Alabama (a right to work state) to help restore power to those hit hard by Superstorm Sandy were told they could not work there because they were non-union.' Cbsnews

      Anti-union rhetoric?

      November 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So...The whole eastern coast is a flood zone now? When was that determined? And by whom? And FYI, everyone who lives in new york is NOT wealthy. And should we assume everyone living in texas is wealthy because of a few wealthy oil barons? Midget mentality

    November 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ok chrissy you can get offyah can...it's not about the wealthy as much as it about a culture and system which tolerates greed and instigates poverty and hardship as normal...a system that view welfare and any program assistance as a handout to lazies and preaches conservative compassion and can end unemployment assistance witta a smile and yet
      tolerate pork barrel spending,
      corporate bailouts...the duplicity stinks no matter what the conditions are...your federal dollars are being spent to rebuild the grid of greed...rather than a grid of affordability...

      November 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      superstorm sandy sucked the life outta greed...and fema is coming with a defibrillator...

      November 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ Randy, i heard that very same thing, i also heard it wasnt true, but if it is than shame on the state governments that allowed that to take place. And lets hope they are held as accountable as they expect the utility companies to be!

    November 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Chrissy, it is not true.
      They are all working tirelessly to restore power.
      It's just a last-ditch effort to smear unions, right before the elections.
      Did you expect anything less?

      November 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, honestly no i didnt. But then again i would not have expected the hostility that previous victims to similar tragedies have to these victims because they are recieving help in a much more effective manner than was done under the GWB admin!

    November 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, chrissy; as if it's a contest of some sort.
      The nation learns from every catastrophic storm, and better preparedness should be viewed as a good thing; instead, it is views with bitterness and envy.
      That's the human condition, unfortunately.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Im also very troubled that someone i had such high esteem for, and whom i considered a christian person, could say they did not feel sorry for the victims of this storm.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      When one picks and chooses who to feel sorry for based on the victim's location, well....further shows how derisive and divisive this country has become.
      Being empathetic to all isn't an unworthy endeavor; I wonder when it became looked down upon.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ Rascal, off my can? What is that sposed to mean? And really, do you feel the victims should be persecuted because the system is screwed up? Its been screwed up for a very long time now. And these peoples suffering is not going to make it any better.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    And also @ Rascal, no one despises greed more than me, and ive said it many times on this blog site. But im not so naive that i havent noticed those that have the most are not the ones that have lost the most during this storm as many of these posts claim

    November 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ banasy, ik,r? Thats sure not what i learned in sunday school for sure. Kinda like that wasted prayer comment i read the other day. But you handled that one pretty good.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      People who wear the false cloak of piety are the biggest hypocrites of all, and should be called out on their hypocrisy.

      November 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. david lafreniere

    while you gawk at the death toll, has anyone considered how many homeless people may have been lost? the death toll is much higher than we can imagine.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ david, you are quite right about that. But then again most people try to ignore the homeless alltogether, and especially the fact that 48% of americas homeless are military veterans! Another thorn in my side, so i probable shouldnt get started on that.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    The fact that it has been SIX DAYS since the storm hit and we don't even have an accurate death toll tells me this is yet another Obama cover up. We want answers! Obama won't even use the words "terrorist attack." That is why Romney will win Idaho.

    College records and all that with something about stealing Obamacare for millionaires.

    November 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Politicizing a storm where all the victims haven't been found yet as being Obama's fault?
      Jeez, just vote for Romney, like you intended to, anyway. And shut up already.
      Most victims from storms are not found immediately...
      Stop making this about politics and examine your own motives for bringing up stupid political talking points.
      It's not about the victims at ALL, is it?
      Show some class, and perhaps just a little compassion for the victims.

      November 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Banasy – it was a joke. Wow, people really are wound up.

      November 5, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Dont you people get tired of blaming Obama for every damn thing? Hes done l00 times more for these victims than Romney would ever think of doing or that GWB did for the katrina victims!

    November 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawkslv

      All I see is you stating a personal hypothesis on Rommney, bashing GWB.. and then claiming Obama helped these people when its the health minded people at Pepsico bailing out the President. Yes, the president trying to make America healthier is allowing Pepsico to send multiple trailers with nutritious Doritos and Mountain Dew. He truly has done so much for the people of New York. Doritos, Mountain Dew, Board Games... ya, Katrina victims would of done way better with these items.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
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