Hurricaine Sandy – Massive Flooding Atlantic Seaboard
NEW YORK, NY – Cars floating in a flooded subterranian basement following Hurricaine Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Financial District of New York, United States. 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. AFP
Another two people were killed in Pennsylvania, one from a falling tree and another when a house collapsed, an emergency management official told AFP, without providing further details.
Elsewhere along the East Coast, a US sailor on board a replica of the HMS Bounty was recovered from the sea and later died at hospital. The captain was missing after the tall ship went down off the Carolinas.
A woman in Maryland died after her vehicle hydroplaned into a tree, officials said.
And in West Virginia, a 48-year-old woman was killed when her car collided with a cement truck while driving through heavy snow caused by the storm, a local official said.
Further north, in Toronto, Canada, a woman was killed when she was hit by flying debris, police said Monday.
In addition to the missing ship captain, the US Coast Guard said it was also searching for a 40-year-old swimmer who went missing off the coast of Connecticut.
The Coast Guard said early Tuesday that there was still a possibility that both individuals had survived the storm.
The National Hurricane Center said Sandy had weakened early Tuesday as it moved inland, but could still generate gale-force winds and flooding along the eastern seaboard.
As a hurricane, Sandy killed at least 67 people — including a US national in Puerto Rico — as it swept through the Caribbean over the past few days.
US authorities had warned the threat to life and property was “unprecedented” and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents from New England to North Carolina to evacuate their homes and seek shelter.
Falling trees dragged down power cables, plunging millions of homes into darkness, while storm warnings cut rail links and marooned tens of thousands of travelers at airports across the region.
Disaster estimating firm Eqecat forecast that the massive storm would affect more than 60 million Americans, a fifth of the population, and cause up to $20 billion (15 billion euros) in damage