The scale of the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy is mounting today as the death toll continues to rise - currently 39 people across the US and Canada have been reported dead, but the final figure is expected to be significantly higher.
President Obama declared a 'major disaster' in New York and Long Island as flooded streets were littered with cars, homes were razed to the ground and tankers washed up on shore.
President warned that Sandy 'is not yet over' and announced that he
would visit New Jersey on Wednesday to visit the scenes of the
Hundreds of thousands of people are
without power in New York and the transit system, schools, the stock
exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water
caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to
subways and road tunnels.
one of the biggest storms to ever descend on the country, hit the
mainland at 6.30pm local time yesterday having laid waste to large parts
of the coast during the day.
The storm that made landfall in New
Jersey on Monday evening with 80mph sustained winds, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and
businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear
power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the death toll in the America's
most populous city is up to ten - two children, aged 11 and 13, were
killed instantly in the city by a falling tree. Many of the total number of victims were said to have been killed by falling trees.
200 firefighters spent the night battling to get a blaze under control
in the Queens, but over 80 homes were flattened in the fire.