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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)

Superstorm Sandy slammed into the US coastline and hurled a record-breaking 13ft surge of seawater at New York City on Monday.

Just before its centre reached land, the storm was stripped of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature.

It still packed hurricane-force wind and forecasters were careful to say it remained every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path.

The National Hurricane Centre announced at 8pm on Monday that Sandy had come ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The sea surged a record of nearly 13ft at the foot of Manhattan.

In an attempt to lessen damage from the storm, New York City's main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan.

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Authorities worried that seawater would seep into the New York subway and cripple it, along with the electrical and communications systems that are vital to the nation's financial centre.

As it closed in, Sandy knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people.

It smacked the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor, from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston, with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph.

As it made its way toward land, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a fearsome superstorm, a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but of snow.

Forecasters warned of 20ft waves bashing into the Chicago lakefront and up to 3ft of snow in West Virginia.

Hundreds of thousands of people were under orders to move to higher ground and storm damage was projected at 10 billion US dollars (£6.2 bilion) to 20 billion US dollars (£12.4 billion), meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney suspended their campaigning with just over a week to go before Election Day.

At the White House, Mr Obama made a direct appeal to those in harm's way: "Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying.

"When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don't delay, don't pause, don't question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm."

The storm washed away a section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey. Water was splashing over the seawalls at the southern tip of Manhattan.

A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Residents in surrounding buildings were ordered to move to lower floors and the streets below were cleared but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The facade of a four-story Manhattan building in the Chelsea neighbourhood crumbled and collapsed suddenly, leaving the lights, couches, cabinets and desks inside visible from the street. No-one was hurt, although some of the falling debris hit a car.

In the New York borough of Queens, police said a man was killed when a tree fell on his home - the first confirmed storm-related death in New York City.

In neighbouring Canada, police in Toronto said a woman was killed by a falling sign as high winds from the approaching superstorm whipped the city.

The major American stock exchanges closed for the day, the first unplanned shutdown since the September 11 attacks in 2001. Wall Street expected to remain closed on Tuesday. The United Nations canceled all meetings at its New York headquarters.

Authorities warned that New York City and Long Island could get the worst of the storm surge: an 11-ft onslaught of seawater that could swamp lower Manhattan, flood the subways and damage the underground network of electrical and communications lines that are vital to the nation's financial capital.

"Leave immediately. Conditions are deteriorating very rapidly, and the window for you getting out safely is closing," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told those in low-lying areas earlier in the day.

Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert said that the power was out for most of Manhattan south of 26th Street on Monday evening.

On the east side, the power outage extended from 29th Street south. There were some scattered areas that still had electricity.

Olert said the damage stemmed from flooding and the probable loss of a transmission feeder.

The power outage was separate from a planned power cut that Con Ed did in certain lower Manhattan neighbourhoods to protect underwater systems from flood damage.

Olert said there were 250,000 customers without power in Manhattan. A customer represents a single meter, so the number of people actually affected is likely higher.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed back-up power had been lost at New York University hospital and the city was working to move people out.

The mayor said that rain was tapering off in the city and the storm surge was expected to recede by midnight.

The hospital complex is near the East River in an area of lower Manhattan where flooding has been reported.

Bloomberg says a few parts of lower Manhattan still have power. He said there have been a large number of fires reported from downed power lines.

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