Hurricane Sandy’s U.S. death toll, economic losses rise: 109 deaths reported in U.S.

November 3, 2012 NEW YORK - Temperatures plummeted and tension soared in the Northeast as gasoline supplies continued to dwindle despite furious efforts to bring in fuel. Sandy’s death toll reached 100, and New York called off its famous marathon, despite the mayor’s protestations that it should have taken place as scheduled, as a symbol of resolve. Government officials moved aggressively to combat the fuel shortage, a crucial hurdle to recovery and a threat to commuters, generators, trash trucks, taxis and rescue workers alike. President Obama on Friday ordered the Energy Department to loan diesel oil from government reserves in Connecticut to emergency responders. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano took the rare step of waiving 92-year-old rules for the delivery of petroleum products to Northeast ports, expediting shipments from the Gulf of Mexico. In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo waived tax and registration requirements on fuel distribution — and insisted that there was “no reason to panic.” It was evident that millions did not agree. Lines for fuel stretched for miles and for hours. Some drivers ran out of gas before they could reach the pumps. In Queens, a 35-year-old man was arrested after he lost patience, cut in line and pulled a .25-caliber pistol on motorists who complained. Airlines began taking the costly step of carrying extra fuel on planes. Authorities said gas availability might not return to normal for several more days. “All this storm stuff is just driving me crazy,” said bartender Lindsay Benjamin, who walked two hours from her home in Queens to work in Manhattan. “The vibe is very nervous. A lot of people are temperamental.” Five days after Sandy delivered a staggering blow to the most populous region in the United States and became one of the nation’s costliest natural disasters, there were some significant signs of recovery. Most symbolically, the lights started coming on in pockets of Lower Manhattan, home to vital financial institutions and dense, lively neighborhoods. Crowds of residents erupted in cheers as power began coming back to about 100,000 customers in the East Village and Chelsea neighborhoods. Repairs were expected to continue throughout the southern tip of Manhattan this weekend. The Holland Tunnel, a crucial conduit under the Hudson River connecting Manhattan with the west, also opened to buses Friday. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reopened the 12 casinos in Atlantic City, the beachfront landmark that was just a few miles away from where the center of the storm struck land. Still, nearly 4 million homes and business were still without power. Some far-flung areas, even some of New York’s immediate suburbs, could face another week of darkness and cold. Napolitano, visiting the devastated borough of Staten Island, said the area directly affected by the storm was roughly the size of Europe, and called the electricity crisis the “fundamental issue” facing the region. Gasoline tankers began trickling into the New York Harbor on Friday, but in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, searching for gas became a way of life. Residents were glued to radio stations carrying live updates of gas station deliveries. Drivers running on fumes were forced to gamble on which station’s line to join. –L.A. Times  
                                                                      (c) ABC News
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12 Responses to Hurricane Sandy’s U.S. death toll, economic losses rise: 109 deaths reported in U.S.

  1. I live in Chelsea( on the east side it’s called Gramercy).I was held up at work in midtown until Wednesday morning when I came home to find no lights and I had to walk up 17 flights to get to my apartment in the dark. thanks to the flashlight my boss gave me. Without power we had no water and no heat. It is Saturday morning and we have light but still no heat. The temp had dropped and it’s cold. but I am still grateful that its over and power is back on. I was also thankful to be able to remain at work until the storm passed so being there in midtown we had power, warmth and food; and time to sleep. The Lord was merciful to us. It could have been much worse.

  2. dan says:

    overpopulation is always going to create these problems…..
    like the doomers have been saying for years now….be prepared for the worse!!
    and dont expect your government to help you lol!

    • Christopher says:

      It’s not overpopulation, it is called big government in motion. Besides, overpopulation is a myth!

      • Lucy says:

        if you think overpopulation is a myth you haven’t been to India or China like I have. If we lose land as sea levels rise where are all these people going to live? And most importantly our water resources are very finite hence reason why water is such a high commodity today. An example in Nevada a documentary called “Last Call at the Oasis” delivers the alarming news that if that city continues to irrigate its dancing fountains and casino tourists at current rates, the nearby Lake Mead will be depleted, rendering the Hoover Dam unable to generate electricity in four years. Next door in California, fishermen are fighting farmers in heated battles over the precious resource and whether to continue to water the Central Valley (where most of our produce is grown) or maintain a fragile marine ecosystem. 

        The more humans mean that we also drive more animals into endangerment or extinction which means limits biodiversity.Also on a related point when we lose the great forests of our planet do you plan on ‘wasting energy’ to filter oxygen so we can breathe or try to fit some green anywhere possible like in East Asia where they plant grass in flower pots? What type of life is it to be cramped in?

        Also last time I checked people get irritable when squished together. I don’t think people should stop having children but overpopulation is definitely not a myth.

      • Anne says:

        Dear Lucy, we can drive for a hundred miles in our state and not find any population living in off the highways that go from one interstate to the other. The high populations are in the cities, not the outlying areas. It is the cities. There are plenty of places to live in throughout the world – Africa, South American, America, Canada– and India (away from the floodlands)…
        What would you suggest IF your thesis is correct? Two children per family, or one child as in China?
        Have we forgotton that God provides for even the birds of the air? It is the greed of the Elite that brings poverty – not our Creator. This is the dilema we find ourselves in at this time in history.

  3. A.N. says:

    just heard the death toll is up to 109; and i have to say the comment above is very immature and insensitive to the people affected by this and who lost loved ones. nothing to be “laughing out loud” about.

    • Zane says:

      The reality is you have to take responsibility for your OWN life. It isn’t the job of the government or anyone else to provide for you. This is a sad tragedy but the amount of anger coming from the victims saying they are being left stranded is rediculous. I hope people are waking up to the fact that they should be moving out of the cities and into rural country where they can provide and take care of themselves. This sandy storm is baby talk compared to what’s about to happen. The life of Enoch is a prime example of what our lives should consist of in these days.

  4. Irene C says:

    “no reason to panic.” That is a true statement. Panic can kill you just as the actual crisis can. Learning how not to panic may sound difficult but is something that can be managed by staying informed, and getting rid of the “it won’t happen here” mentality. Even those with limited resources can stay prepared by staying informed.

    The death toll is now up to 109, and that number could still rise.

    I’m glad they decided to cancel the marathon. I understand that they wanted to bring money into the area, but now is not the time. Now I wonder why they waited until the last minute to cancel it, after the runners had spent their money to get to NYC. Probably the same reason they waited until the last minute to order a mandatory evacuation of Zone A. As for the runners who are already in NYC, many of them are staying and helping with the relief efforts.

    Some asked on another thread if anything was done for the homeless people. From what I heard, prior to the storm, people were searching for the homeless, the ones who live in the parks, under bridges, and in the subway, in order to get them to shelter. So yes, something was done for the less fortunate.

    Many prayers continue to go out to all those affected by this storm. And yes, I have donated.

  5. niebo says:

    In addition to the collapse of the state of love and trust, which is becoming obvious to all with each passing hour as more and more people begin to prey upon others, the damage wrought by Sandy has long term consequences which I have not heard addressed: Insurance Rate Hikes. The “coverage pool” (the large collective whose combined premiums cover the catastrophic claims of the few) just got a lot smaller, because the number of catastrophic claims exploded (or are about to); without a “healthy” stock market in which to invest, earn dividends, and recoup losses, more and more burden is placed upon the consumer, all consumers, nationwide, to cover the costs, the billions in damages. The insurance companies recover their losses, in time, by way of rate increases TO ALL, and, if you have a mortgage and a car-payment, you have no legal option but to pay.
    Just a heads-up that they “preying” will continue for some time.

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