Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for New York City and Long Island.

Superstorm Sandy is marching slowly inland after leaving at least 17 dead in its march up the East Coast.

Millions of people are without power or mass transit and many areas are flooded.



UPDATE: At least 80 flooded houses destroyed by NYC fire

NEW YORK (AP) -- A huge fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

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

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) -- 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.



W.Va. blizzard warning as Appalachia storm blows

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A blizzard warning covers a large part of West Virginia as snow and high winds blow over Appalachia on the edges of superstorm Sandy.

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.



Wall Street still dark, exchanges test systems

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lower Manhattan is still largely blacked out, and U.S. stock exchanges say they will be testing contingency plans to ensure trading resumes as soon as possible this week after Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast.

U.S. markets will remain closed today but the New York Stock Exchange said that despite reports that its historic trading floor suffered irreparable damage, no such damage has occurred and that contingency plans are being tested only as a safety measure.

Futures trading will go on until 9:15 a.m. Eastern, but volume is light.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 29 points to 13,025. The broader S&P futures have given up 1.4 points to 1,406.20. Nasdaq futures are down 11 points to 2,648.

Dozens of companies have postponed earnings reports this week.


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