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Sandy's apocalyptic aftermath - from vibrant metropolis to wasteland

Damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 after superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey
Damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 after superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey
A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Brian Hajeski, 41, of Brick, N.J., reacts after looking at debris of a home that washed up on to the Mantoloking Bridge the morning after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Mantoloking, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A patient is wheeled to an ambulance in the rain during an evacuation of New York University Tisch Medical, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
A log rests on a vehicle damaged by superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
North Carolina 12 is buckled from pounding surf leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse. North Carolina Transportation Department spokeswoman Greer Beaty said the highway was closed Tuesday until crews inspect the road. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room during an update on Superstorm Sandy (AP)
Blue skies over the devastation left behind by the storm (AP)
Large stretches of boardwalk were destroyed by Supertorm Sandy in Atlantic City, New Jersey (AP)
LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: A woman cries on the shoulder of an emergency responder after being evacuated due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Over 50 homes destroyed during Hurricane Sandy are viewed on October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. At least two dozen people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People look through the remains of homes destroyed during Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. At least a few dozen people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A firefighter works to contain a fire that destroyed over 50 homes during Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. At least 15 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Firefighters work to contain a fire that destroyed over 50 homes during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. At least 33 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was hit especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A darkened Manhattan is viewed after much of the city lost electricity due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York, United States. At least 33 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy as millions of people in the eastern United States have awoken to widespread power outages, flooded homes and downed trees. New York City was his especially hard with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A man photographs a fallen tree in the financial district of Manhattan, October 30, 2012 in New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A man clears leaves from a sewer drain in lower Manhattan, October 30, 2012 in New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Workers survey the damage from a fallen tree in lower Manhattan, October 30, 2012 in New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City.(Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A car drives through flood water in lower Manhattan, October 30, 2012 in New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People pass a fallen tree October 30, 2012 in the Battery Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People pass a fallen tree October 30, 2012 in the Battery Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People look at damage from a broken window in the financial district of Manhattan, October 30, 2012 in New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A news crew works next to a fallen tree October 30, 2012 in the Battery Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Resident Kim Johnson inspects the area around her apartment building (L) which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Johnson fled the area when the water began to rise yesterday. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding accross much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A construction crane hangs off of the side of One57, seen from Central Park on October 30, 2012 in New York City. The crane was blown loose from the residential construction project during Hurricane Sandy. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Waves break next to an apartment building which flooded from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Large chunks of the boardwalk are piled near an apartment building on the ocean in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A National Guard humvee travels through high water to check the area after the effects of Hurricane Sandy Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in in the New York City borough of Queen. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. 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. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan are dark in this view from Jersey City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the morning after a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast. New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A flooded street, caused by Hurricane Sandy, is seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
An uprooted tree blocks 7th street near Avenue D in the East Village as a result of high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York.
Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy zeroed in on New York's waterfront with fierce rain and winds that shuttered most of the nation's largest city Monday, darkened the financial district and left a huge crane hanging off a luxury high-rise. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
This photo provided by Dylan Patrick shows flooding along the Westside Highway near the USS Intrepid as Sandy moves through the area Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. (AP Photo/Dylan Patrick) MANDATORY CREDIT: DYLAN PATRICK
Inlet section of Atlantic City, NJ, as Hurricane Sandy makes it approach
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A woman stands outside of the sandbagged East 34th Street entrance of NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. NYU lost power and had to be evacuated after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area causing blackouts and flooding. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A flooded street, caused by Hurricane Sandy, is seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
DAVENPORT, IA - OCTOBER 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) talks with supporters after a campaign rally at Seven Cities Sod on October 29, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa. Romney has canceled other campaign events on October 29 and 30 due to Hurrcane Sandy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Flood waters reach the corner of Canal St. and Hudson St. on October 29, 2012 in New York City. A large part of Manhatten below 26th St. has lost power reportedly because of flooding. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Power outage seen on October 29, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States, is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail services as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: People are illuminated in the headlights of a taxi during the power outage on October 29, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States, is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail services as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members by helicopter. Hours later, rescuers found one of the missing crew members, but she was unresponsive. They are still searching for the captain. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Rising water, caused by Hurricane Sandy, rushes into a subterranian parking garage on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A fire fighter speaks to a colleague while cleaning up damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters use a saw in an attempt to remove a partially collapsed door due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters use a saw in an attempt to remove a partially collapsed door due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters use a saw in an attempt to remove a partially collapsed door due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Flooded cars, caused by Hurricane Sandy, are seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: An emergency vehicle drives through a flooded street in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn as Hurricane Sandy affects the area on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A flooded gas station is viewed in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn as Hurricane Sandy affects the area on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Flooded cars, caused by Hurricane Sandy, are seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A truck drives by a flooded gas station in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn as Hurricane Sandy affects the area on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Lower Manhattan goes dark during hurricane Sandy, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from Brooklyn, N.Y. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A pedestrian runs through floodwaters in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, as superstorm Sandy moves through the area, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy zeroed in on New York's waterfront with fierce rain and winds that shuttered most of the nation's largest city Monday, darkened the financial district and left a huge crane hanging off a luxury high-rise. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A red hurricane symbol for Hurricane Sandy on a map at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Flooding and high winds arrive along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein) MANDATORY CREDIT
The facade of a four-story building on 14th Street and 8th Avenue collapsed onto the sidewalk, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A resident and other family members are taken by truck away from their flooding home as of Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City. The family said the water kept rising at the home and they were able to wave down a passing truck to pick them up. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man drinks at a bar as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on October 29, 2012 in the East Village of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man drinks at a bar as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on October 29, 2012 in the East Village of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A flooded street is seen at nightfall during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy made landfall over Southern New Jersey today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A view of the corner of 34th Street and 1st Street in Manhattan during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Fire fighters evaluate the scene of an apartment building which had the front wall collapse due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BENSALEM, PA - OCTOBER 29: A PennDOT truck slowly rides on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: The lobby at SEPTA's (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) Frankford terminal remains closed as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: Two women try to hold on to their umbrellas in a wind soaked rainfall as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: Two women try to hold on to their umbrellas in a wind soaked rainfall as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: The lobby at SEPTA's (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) Frankford terminal remains closed as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday due to potential damage from Hurricane Sandy. Public transit will remain shut down as well.(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Men try to secure a restaurant near the Brooklyn Bridge from flooding with a tarp and sandbags as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in the in Brooklyn of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: The remains of scaffolding from above a Starbucks lies on the ground in lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Men try to secure a restaurant near the Brooklyn Bridge from flooding with a tarp and sandbags as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in the in Brooklyn of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: The remains of scaffolding from above a Starbucks lies on the ground in lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A police car looks out over Manhattan from near the Brooklyn Bridge as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in the in Brooklyn of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: New York City police look out over the rising East River from near the Brooklyn Bridge as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
AVON LAKE, OH - OCTOBER 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) shows Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (R) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) (C) an iPad with an image of Hurricane Sandy aboard the campaign bus en route to a campaign rally at Avon Lake High School on October 29, 2012 in Avon Lake, Ohio. Romney has canceled other campaign events on October 29 and 30 due to Hurrcane Sandy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
DAVENPORT, IA - OCTOBER 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney checks his watch as he waits backstage before a campaign rally at Seven Cities Sod on October 29, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa. Romney has canceled other campaign events on October 29 and 30 due to Hurrcane Sandy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: People stand in a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy movs off the east coast on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: A fallen tree blocks Franklin Blvd as high tide and winds from Hurricane Sandy combine to flood the area on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LEWES, DE - OCTOBER 29: Local residents take shelter with their pets at Cape Henlopen High School as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Lewes, Delaware. Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall between Atlantic City and Cape May around 6p.m. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A resident and other family members are taken by truck away from their flooding home as of Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City. The family said the water kept rising at the home and they were able to wave down a passing truck to pick them up. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
REHOBOTH BEACH, DE - OCTOBER 29: Streets are under water as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall between Atlantic City and Cape May around 6p.m. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
MONTAUK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A wave crashes against the shore while person stands on a porch as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast October 29, 2012 in Montauk, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Sheila Rooney/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: A tourist struggles against gusting winds as the leading edge of Hurricane Sandy moves across the nation's capital on October 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall later this evening in southern New Jersey. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
WINTHROP, MA - OCTOBER 29: People brave high winds and waves along Winthrop Shore Drive as Hurricane Sandy comes up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow to a wide area on the U.S. East Coast. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man walks near the Verrazano Bridge as Hurricane Sandy begins to affect the area on October 29, 2012 in the in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
AVON LAKE, OH - OCTOBER 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens in on conference call with advisors aboard his campaign bus en route to a campaign rally at Avon Lake High School on October 29, 2012 in Avon Lake, Ohio. Romney has canceled other campaign events on October 29 and 30 due to Hurrcane Sandy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Andy Becica stands on the beach watching the heavy surf from Hurricane Sandy wash in in, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: People look out at the East River as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the area on October 29, 2012 in New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Stormy conditions hit the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey (AP)
A couple posing for a picture get hit by a wave in Hampton, New Hampshire (AP)
A public shelter in Manhattan's lower east side begins to fill up ahead of the storm's arrival (AP)
People make their way up a flooded Guy Lomardo Avenue as high tide and winds from Hurricane Sandy combine to flood the area on October 29, 2012 in Freeport, New York.
Waters from Hurricane Sandy start to flood Beach Ave. on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey.
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: The Cape May Lighthouse can be seen as heavy surf from Hurricane Sandy pounds the shoreline on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: People walk across Beach Ave. as flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rush in on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A worker walks past sea foam partially covering the deck of a structure ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flood waters begin to flood a street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A car sits in a flooded street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A woman takes pictures on the Rockaway Beach Boulevard ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City's bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: A man sits on a railing at Rockaway Beach Boulevard ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The storm, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City's bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flooding begins to inundate a parking garage ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Flood waters inundate a street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: A car sits in a flooded street near the ocean ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Andy Becica walks off the beach as heavy surf from from Hurricane Sandy washes in, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Sandy turning to the to the north well east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 16:00 UTC, churns off the East Coast as it moves north on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A seagull flies over breaking waves ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Only a few bread items remain on the shelves at the Waldbaums grocery store as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, NY - OCTOBER 28: Windsurfers take advantage of the weather as the first signs of Hurricane Sandy approach on October 28, 2012 in Fairfield, Connecticut. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 06:42 UTC, churns off the east coast as it moves north on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was captured by a special "day-night band," which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as auroras, airglow, gas flares, city lights, and reflected moonlight. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People wait to be evacuated by bus from the Atlantic City Convention Center ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man surfs as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. The storm, which could affect tens of millions of people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow in parts of Ohio and West Virginia. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will close its bus, subway and commuter rail service Sunday evening ahead of the storm. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: In this handout provided by the NYC Mayor's Office, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) updates residents on preparations during a press conference prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. The MTA has announced that at 7:00 PM EST they plan an orderly shutdown and suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service in reponse to the storm. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NYC Mayors Office via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man boards up his business as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People secure the power line to a home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer speaks to a woman as he goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: People stand on the beach watching the heavy surf caused by the approaching Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: People sit along the Long Beach boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: TV crews set up along the Long Beach boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman walks through the New York subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Cots are seen at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Mark Palazzolo, owner of a bait and tackle shop on the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., sits next to wood he has used to board up his business in previous major storms, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Of Hurricane Sandy, he said, "I think this is going to do us in." (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
President Barack Obama, center, speaks during a briefing at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, at right, in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. FEMA is coordinating the deployment of federal resources in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
AT SEA - OCTOBER 28: In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 00:15 UTC, churns off the east coast on October 28, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Sand blows on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Waves break ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Waves break on the beach ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Rain falls on a nearly deserted road ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man is helped off a bus while arriving at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mary McSweeney, who is staying at the evacuation center stationed inside Seward Park High School, has a cigarette prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mark Clemente and Mary McSweeney kiss before going back inside Seward Park High School, which is doubling as a hurricane evacuation center, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Mark Clemente, who is staying at the evacuation center stationed inside Seward Park High School, has a cigarette prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman arrives at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A woman and child leave Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man is helped up the stairs at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man arrives at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center for Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in New York City. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the temporary closure of the New York subway system, due to Hurricane Sandy, is seen in the subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A sign announcing the temporary closure of the New York subway system, due to Hurricane Sandy, is seen in the subway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City. New York plans on shutting down the entire public transmit system starting at 7PM, Sunday night. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Long Beach police patrol the boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: Long Beach police patrol the boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy,which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
HICKSVILLE, NY - OCTOBER 28: With Hurricane Sandy approaching, the Long Island Railroad announced the suspension of their service at 7pm on Sunday night, October 28, 2012 in Hicksville, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak with a woman as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak to a man as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City police officers speak with women as they go door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A New York City police officer speaks to a man as he goes door to door in a housing project to take note of which residents are ignoring the mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to members of the media at Seward Park High School, which is doubling as an evacuation center, in preparation for Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in New York City Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks past boarded up structures on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A man walks on the boardwalk ahead of Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Governor Chris ChristieÄôs emergency declaration is shutting down the cityÄôs casinos and 30,000 residents are being told to evacuate. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, NY - OCTOBER 28: A man surfs as Hurrican Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and flooding to the mid-atlantic region. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
OCEAN CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Ed Wicks secures plywood over the windows of a hair salon to protect from the high winds of approaching Hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. New Jersey is expected to be hit hard by approaching storm sometime on Monday, bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Bridget Donnelly walks on a sandbag wall outside her home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People board up their business as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: People secure the power line to a home as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 28, 2012 in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation on low-lying coastal areas of the city. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama talks to workers after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama talks to workers after a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a briefing on Hurricane Sandy at FEMA Headquarters on October 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters as the mid-atlantic region prepares for the damage. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
WILDWOOD, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Workers secure a store front to help minimize wind damage from approaching hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Wildwood, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: A loader surfer takes advantage of the heavy surf caused by the approaching hurricane Sandy, on October 28, 2012 in Cape May, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline sometime on Monday bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The battered US East Coast took the first steps back towards daily routine today, even as rescuers combed areas strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire.

But while New York buses returned to darkened streets oddly free of traffic and the Stock Exchange was set to reopen, it became clear that restoring the region to its normal pace could take days - and that rebuilding the hardest-hit communities and the transport networks that link them would take much longer.

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"We will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times - by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, ready to help a neighbour, comfort a stranger and get the city we love back on its feet," New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

As the city began its second day after being hit by superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers noticed an increase in traffic and a small sign of normalcy: people waiting at bus stops.

On the Brooklyn Bridge, closed earlier because of high winds, joggers and bikers crossed before sunrise. One cyclist carried a torch. Car traffic on the bridge was busy, and slowed as it neared Manhattan.

President Barack Obama was visiting New Jersey to see the area near Atlantic City where the violent storm made landfall two days before. With the presidential election just six days away, he was cancelling campaign events for the third straight day to focus on co-ordinating the response to the superstorm. His Republican rival Mitt Romney planned to resume full-scale campaigning in Florida.

The winds and flooding inflicted by the fast-weakening Sandy had subsided, leaving at least 55 people dead along the Atlantic Coast and splintering beachfront homes and boardwalks from the mid-Atlantic states to southern New England.

The storm later moved across Pennsylvania on a predicted path toward western New York State and Canada.

At the height of the disaster, more than 8.2 million people lost electricity - some as far away as Michigan. Nearly a quarter of those without power were in New York, where lower Manhattan's usually bright lights remained dark for a second night.

But, amid the despair, talk of recovery was already beginning.

"It's heartbreaking after being here 37 years," Barry Prezioso of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, said as he returned to his house in the beachfront community to survey the damage. "You see your home demolished like this, it's tough. But nobody got hurt and the upstairs is still liveable, so we can still live upstairs and clean this out. I'm sure there's people that had worse. I feel kind of lucky."

Much of the initial recovery efforts focused on New York, the region's economic heart. Mayor Bloomberg said it could take four or five days before the subway, which suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history, is running again.

Power companies said it would be four days before the last of the 337,000 customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn cut off have electricity again and it could take a week to restore areas in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County.

First signs of a return came with the reopening of roads in Connecticut and bridges across the Hudson and East rivers.

A limited number of the white and blue buses that criss-cross New York's grid returned on a reduced schedule - but free of charge.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey reopened with limited service. New York's LaGuardia Airport remained closed.

But even with the return of some transportation and plans to reopen schools and businesses, the damage and pain inflicted by Sandy continued to unfold, confirming the challenge posed by rebuilding.

In New Jersey, amusement rides that once crowned a pier in Seaside Heights were dumped into the ocean, some homes were smashed, and others were partially buried in sand.

Farther north in Hoboken, across the Hudson from Manhattan, New Jersey National Guard troops arrived to reach thousands of flood victims stuck in their homes.

Trees and power lines were down in every corner of the state. Schools and state government offices were closed for a second day, and many called off classes too.

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