Superstorm Sandy cripples the East Coast
02:03 - Source: CNN

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Sandy has killed at least 40 people in the United States

Motorists line up at service stations for blocks in New Jersey town

President Obama to tour damage in New Jersey

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States up and down the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, which could make landfall anywhere between Maryland and Pennsylvania, according to the latest forecast map from the National Hurricane Center.

It has claimed at least 40 lives in the United States.

The system still reaches from the Appalachians to the Great Lakes and beyond to Canada, and it is triggering winter storm warnings from the mountains of Pennsylvania to those of Eastern Tennessee and North Carolina.

A running CNN tally reflects a steady restoration of power to affected areas, but early Wednesday, nearly 6.2 million customers were still without power in 15 states and Washington.

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– The death toll stands at two, according to Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. The victims – one of them a firefighter in Easton – were killed by falling trees.

– About 477,000 customers were without power, according to utilities.


Even before the center of Sandy ran aground, parts of the Delaware coast were already experiencing significant flooding.

– Gov. Jack Markell removed driving restrictions Tuesday evening.


– Power has nearly been completely restored – 1,461 customers were without it, according to CNN’s latest tally.

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– The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of the state Wednesday morning as heavy rainfall is expected to move through as Sandy heads toward Canada.

– More than 80% of power outages have been remedied, according to Central Power Maine. About 16,000 customers were without electricity, according to a CNN tally.


– The death toll is at two.

– After a raw sewage leak Tuesday, power has been restored to a processing plant. Howard County said that drinking water was not affected.

– Utilities said 122,000 customers were without power.

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– “Wave goodbye to Sandy!” the National Weather Service office in Boston posted to Twitter early Wednesday. “The effects from this storm gradually come to an end today.”

– Utilities said 108,000 customers were without power.

– Utilities paired tree removal and power restoration crews, rather than having them work separately, so that work can be done more efficiently.


– A flood warning is in effect for the Saco River until Wednesday afternoon.

– New Hampshire’s power suppliers reported 81,000 customers without electricity.


– Motorists lined up in front of service stations for blocks to purchase gas in the town of Hazlet. Others, on foot, stood in long lines, holding red canisters, waiting their turns to fill them up.

– A fire broke out Wednesday morning in Mantoloking, according to police.

– President Barack Obama is set to travel Wednesday to New Jersey to join Gov. Chris Christie in viewing widespread damage, the White House said.

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