About 4.9 million customers remain without power
Sandy has killed at least 56 people in the United States
"The show must go on," says executive director of the Broadway League
New Jersey's shore is lined with ruin
As Sandy fades after days of inflicting misery, the extent of the superstorm’s tragedy is becoming clearer.
Under calmer, sunlit skies from Maryland to Rhode Island, politicians, rescuers and journalists in elevated vehicles, boats and copters surveyed the silent wreckage of houses and lives turned to ruin or wiped out completely by a tempest for the record books.
Dozens of families are making funeral arrangements, with Sandy’s death toll standing at 88 in the United States and at least 157 overall, including in the Caribbean and Canada.
Dozens of families likely made funeral arrangements, as Sandy claimed at least 56 lives in the United States; 124 total died in all countries in its path.
A running CNN tally reflects a steady restoration of power, but a little more than 4.8 million customers remained without electricity on Thursday morning in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Here’s a look at how Sandy has affected the United States:
– Some residents did not evacuate in Hartford/New Haven because they had never experienced flooding in their neighborhoods and had to call on rescuers to help them out of their homes, CNN affiliate WFSB-TV reported.
– Malloy visited shoreline communities hit hardest Wednesday, beginning his tour with a stop at a church.
– On his YouTube channel, he released aerial video of storm damage. He also announced free rail service for Thursday and Friday to Grand Central station.
– President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state, freeing up federal funds.
– The death toll stands at four, according to Scott DeVico, a Connecticut emergency management official. The victims – one of them an Easton firefighter – were killed by falling trees.
– Gov. Jack Markell has ended the state of emergency for Superstorm Sandy, and officials have reopened all previously evacuated areas.
– Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, warned residents to keep an eye out for scammers “attempting to defraud homeowners” with phony home repair offers.
– Delmarva Power predicted power will be fully restored by 6 p.m. Friday.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
– Despite the federal government being in disaster mode on a national level, on a local level things appear to be back to normal in the capital, with government offices, schools, street cleaning and public transportation up and running.
– Early voting has resumed.
– One last emergency shelter remains open at the fire station in Alna until the last resident sees power restored, according to the emergency management agency.
– Some 2,296 customers still do not have power in the state.
– The National Guard went door-to-door in the coastal city of Crisfield in Humvees to aid victims of flood damage. Shallow water stood in many streets up to doorsteps, and residents described the ground as “soggy.”
– The coroner’s office says the state’s death toll is 10, according to Kasey Parr from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
– Sandy wrought the worst destruction on the seaboard of two states. New Jersey had miles of homes and businesses devastated in a series of towns. Some remained inundated with water or sand washed up by the storm. New York had the highest death toll in the storm.
– New Jersey got personal attention from the White House as Obama toured storm-damaged areas Wednesday.
– Sandy killed at least 12 people in the state, New Jersey state police said. Gov. Chris Christie, who warned people in low-lying areas to evacuate, said, “We’re lucky that more people didn’t die as a result of folks ignoring those warnings.”
– “When it comes to getting things done, I don’t care what party somebody’s in,” the Republican governor said after touring the disaster area with Obama. “I’m aware of all the atmospherics. I’m not in a coma. But the fact is, I don’t care.”
– Some 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be delivered to the state by Thursday night to run trucks and generators at nursing homes, hospitals and other high-priority locations, he said.
– State offices will be open Thursday.
– “We’ll be ready for Election Day, one way or another,” Christie said.
– Residents not cleaning up damage to their property spent much of their time Wednesday standing in line – at gas stations, stores and restaurants.
– Transportation is coming back on line, the governor’s office said. The majority of major closed roads have been cleared, Christie said.
– By Thursday, all airports should reopen, but service is limited. AirTrain service to Newark Liberty International Airport is running again.
– All but one tunnel into New York City are open. Only the Holland Tunnel is still closed.
– Ferry service to New York has also resumed.
– Buses hit the streets again on 86 routes Thursday, according to NJ Transit. But light rail resumes on only one route, and major rail service is down until further notice. The transit authority has posted dramatic photos of storm damage on its rail lines to its website.
– Amtrak said it would provide Northeast Regional service on Thursday between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, and between Newark and points south.
– PATH train service, which typically ferries 245,000 people under the Hudson River to New York City each weekday, is suspended until further notice.
– With at least 44 killed, the state had the most fatalities, with most of them in New York City.
– Bellevue Hospital was evacuating its remaining 700 patients, some of them critically ill, in a process that could take two days, a source familiar with the evacuation plan told CNN.
– Coney Island and Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospitals were also evacuated.
– The moment the lights went out can be seen on YouTube in a fast forward, stop-motion video showing Sandy sweep through the city.
– The Army Corps of Engineers will begin pumping water from flooded tunnels beginning Thursday, a spokesman says.
– John F. Kennedy International Airport reopened Wednesday with limited service. LaGuardia, the city’s other major airport, reopened on Thursday with limited service.
– Buses were to run on regular routes Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced, cautioning that there may be detours and “substantial waits.”
– Near-normal train service will resume from Mount Kisco, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, to Grand Central Terminal for rush-hour Thursday morning.
– Cars crossing New York’s East River bridges between 6 a.m. and midnight must carry at least three people, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Taxis are exempt.
– Limited commuter rail service on Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road was to began Wednesday afternoon, and limited New York City subway service will began Thursday, Cuomo said. Service below 34th Street remained out.
– Public schools will remain closed for the week.
– Curtains rose again Thursday night in theaters on the Great White Way after staying dark since Sandy’s assault. “The show must go on, and Broadway shows are doing just that,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.
– The ING New York City Marathon will be held Sunday as planned, Bloomberg told reporters.
– Thursday’s planned game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center was postponed.
– A fire in the Breezy Point of Queens incinerated 110 homes, a fire official said.
– Engineers have concluded that ties from a collapsed crane atop a luxury apartment building on West 57th Street are secure, but the street below will not be reopened until this weekend at the earliest, Bloomberg said.
– The death toll in the state stands at nine, including an 8-year-old boy who was struck by a tree limb.
– Virginia’s death toll remains at two, both traffic fatalities.
– The state has seen heavy snowfall, but temperatures have risen well above freezing.
– Officials report at least five storm-related deaths.
– Parts of West Virginia have seen at least 2 feet of snowfall from Sandy, but temperatures are rising well above freezing.
CNN’s Marina Carver contributed to this report.