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Superstorm Sandy Pounds East Coast

Superstorm Sandy Pounds East Coast

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Oct 29, 2012

The storm is the largest the East Coast has ever seen. Right now, at least 10 deaths are confirmed. That includes five in New York, including three children, and four in New Jersey, when a tree fell on a home.

The storm that was Hurricane Sandy is packing a different kind of punch south of where it made landfall.  Along the coast, the rain and storm surge brought flooding.  Inland, folks are getting snow storms. The low-lying areas of Ocean City, Maryland are under four feet of water.  Most of the city's fishing pier has been washed away.  Residents were ordered to leave, but some decided to ride out the storm.  Farther south in Washington and Baltimore, the weather service issued a hurricane-force wind warning. 

The storm is now being blamed on at least three million power outages.  Many of those are in lower Manhattan, where power was cut off to keep damage and danger at bay.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University hospital and the city is working to move people out.

The mayor delivered a news conference Monday night and said rain was tapering off in the city and the storm surge was expected to recede by midnight. He urged residents not to call 911 unless it was an emergency, and implored them to stay off the roads so emergency vehicles could get around.

He 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.

The nation's capitol will stay closed again tomorrow.

Sandy is also bringing snow and blizzard conditions to 14 counties across the Appalachian mountains.

Some areas of Tennesee are expecting up to 2 feet.

Power companies are warning of widespread power outages as trees buckle under the heavy snow, falling on power lines.

Roads are treacherous already.

"It will be very difficult," said Travis Ray with the West Virginia Department of Transportation.  "There'll be guys out there in midnight and zero visibility conditions; they're not ideal conditions for people to be out in.  But we're going to be out there to serve the public."

The most dramatic rescue may have come earlier today. The Coast Guard plucked more than a dozen people from the waters off North Carolina.  The crew members of the tall ship, the HMS Bounty put on orange survival suits and life jackets after Sandy sunk their ship. One crew member from the HMS Bounty was found unresponsive. The Captain of the ship is still missing.