Hurricane Sandy death toll now 55

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running.

Taxi cabs line a flooded street in Queens.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The death toll from superstorm Sandy is now at least 55 people along the Atlantic Coast.

Meanwhile, communities are slowly recovering from the storm.

In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running.

JFK, Newark airports reopen on limited schedule

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two of the biggest airports serving New York -- John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International -- have reopened.

The first passenger flight to JFK arrived from Long Beach, Calif., at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday. The JetBlue flight carried 150 passengers.

The first flight into Newark, N.J., was a FedEx plane that landed at 7:12 a.m.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico says the two airports reopened "on a very limited operational schedule." He urged passengers to call their carriers before heading to the airports.

Some terminals at Newark had lost power during the superstorm but electricity returned on Tuesday.

New York's LaGuardia Airport remains closed. Authorities are assessing the impact of the storm on the airport.

NJ starts turning to rebuilding after storm

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) -- Debris and damage from Sandy continue to hinder recovery efforts in New Jersey.

Motorists face numerous blocked roads and traffic lights that aren't working.

Impassable roads are keeping firefighters from responding to series of natural gas fires in Mantoloking. An emergency management official says the flames rekindled today where about 14 homes were destroyed two days ago.

Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames reaching over Mantoloking. There's a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it.

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