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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Aftermath: NYC Neighborhood Destroyed By Fire, NJ Town Under Water

Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake.

New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater – 3 feet above the previous record – caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of the city’s subway system. It also forced 200 patients to be evacuated from one hospital.

Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant on Monday in New York. (John Minchillo/AP)

Authorities are trying to rescue 800 people in a northern New Jersey town after a berm overflowed.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the massive storm is moving across Pennsylvania and is expected to take a sharp turn into western New York by tomorrow morning.

The Midwest also is bracing for Sandy. Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 miles an hour and waves exceeding 24 feet well into tomorrow.

At Least 80 Flooded Houses Destroyed By NYC Fire

A huge fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown on Tuesday in the New York City borough of Queens. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire in the Breezy Point section, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire.

A fire department spokesman says one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital. Two civilians suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Officials say the fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through the city earlier.

The neighborhood sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Levee Breaks In NJ Town, Evacuations Under Way

Hundreds of people are being evacuated after a levee broke in a northern New Jersey town today.

Bergen County executive chief of staff Jeanne Baratta tells The Record newspaper the entire town of Moonachie is under water and as many as 1,000 people could need to be evacuated.

Baratta says people in a trailer park have had to climb on the roofs of their trailers to await rescue.

There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

West Virginia Blizzard Warning As Appalachia Storm Blows

A blizzard warning covers a large part of West Virginia as snow and high winds blow over Appalachia on the edges of superstorm Sandy.

Snow plows thunder through the mountains of West Virginia as the superstorm begins it’s raking of the region on Monday evening. (Robert Ray/AP)

The National Weather Service says a foot and more of snow was reported in lower elevations of West Virginia, where most towns and roads are. High elevations in the mountains were getting more than two feet.

More than 128,000 customers in West Virginia were without power.

Authorities closed more than 45 miles of Interstate 68 on either side of the West Virginia-Maryland state line because of blizzard conditions and stuck cars.

The State Highway Administration in Maryland says the higher elevations in the western state have gotten more than a foot of snow since Monday afternoon, and it was still snowing at 5 a.m. today.

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