SLIDESHOW: Superstorm Sandy Devastates The East Coast
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NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say the death toll from Superstorm Sandy has reached 48.
Many of the victims were killed by trees toppled by the storm, including a New Yorker killed in bed by a tree that fell onto an apartment.
More than 8 million, from Maine to the Carolinas, are waiting for the power to return. There are widespread outages in lower Manhattan. Utility officials say it could be days before power is restored and the subway system is running again.
The extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore last night with hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, is still coming into focus. Powerful winds and ocean surge knocked houses off their foundations, demolished boardwalks and wrecked amusement pier rides. President Barack Obama will tour New Jersey tomorrow with Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican has been a harsh Obama critic but praised him today for his response to the storm.
A financial forecasting firm predicts Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business. According to HIS Global Insight, Sandy will be one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the U.S.
The storm has moved east into Pennsylvania and is expected to turn into New York State tonight. And while it has weakened, forecasters say it will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding.
Friday, May 24 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:52:07 GMT
KHQ.COM - A driver said he thought he was about to die when an Interstate 5 bridge span collapsed in Washington state, plunging his pickup and another car into the Skagit River below.>>
KHQ.COM - A driver said he thought he was about to die when an Interstate 5 bridge span collapsed in Washington state, plunging his pickup and another car into the Skagit River below. Dan Sligh, his wife and another motorist found themselves waist-deep in water when the freeway crumbled moments after the bridge was clipped by an oversized truck.>>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:07 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:07:50 GMT
Thursday's bridge collapse into the Skagit River has many people wondering how safe the bridges are in Spokane County.>>
Thursday's bridge collapse into the Skagit River has many people wondering how safe the bridges are in Spokane County. According to a recent Washington State Department of Transportation study, Spokane County has 12 'Structurally Deficient' bridges.>>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:05:57 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - Late Thursday evening police responded to an armed robbery at the Zip Trip on Madison and Wellesley in North Spokane.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Late Thursday evening police responded to an armed robbery at the Zip Trip on Madison and Wellesley in North Spokane. A man walked into the Zip Trip, ordered everyone to the ground and demanded cash. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.>>