After a night of devastation in which millions along the East Coast lost power and mass transit, the toll of Superstorm Sandy is only beginning to come into view. New York was among the hardest hit, with a 13-foot surge of seawater gushing into Manhattan leaving more than 750,000 customers without power. But residents in New Jersey, where the storm made landfall last night, continue to be in peril with a levee break inundating the town of Moonachie. From the Carolinas to Ohio, some 7.5 million homes and business are without power and the storm's 80 mph winds killed at least
16 32 people in seven states. Meanwhile, the nation's major mobile carriers have vowed to get cell phone service up and running for customers as soon as possible but there's no ETA for a fix. Update: For a handy map of all the reported incidents of damage, head on over to The Guardian. Here's a survey of some of the major destruction by region.
- At least 7 deaths in the New York region were attributed to the storm.
- According to the latest estimate by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 750,000 are without power.
- New York City's subway system is facing its worst natural disaster ever. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said "waters have surged into two major commuter tunnels and into subway stations and tracks." Seven subway tunnels were flooded under the East River, according to the MTA. Below, floodwaters enter the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in an MTA photo: