Friday November 2, 2012

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 61 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state as of Wednesday afternoon.

CONNECTICUT - Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 482,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE - Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Power outages: nearly 2,600, down from more than 45,000.

ILLINOIS - High waves and flooding are possible on the Lake Michigan shore on Wednesday in Chicago.

KENTUCKY - As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE - Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remained dangerous with high winds. Power outages: More than 11,000, down from more than 90,000.

MARYLAND - Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 2. Power outages: Nearly 103,000, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS - Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn’t worse.


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Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 106,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN - Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes was at a standstill because of waves of up to 20 feet. Power outages: 40,600, down from more than 150,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE - A construction worker checking on a job site in Lincoln was killed in a landslide. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 81,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY - The governor signed an executive order postponing Halloween until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK - Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Security concerns abound at night in areas without power but the city is promising vigilance. Utilities say it could be days before power is fully restored there and on Long Island. Deaths: 29, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA - The search continued off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina saw continued snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: Fewer than 400, down from 126,000.

OHIO - High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 160,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA - The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 9. Power outages: 800,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND - Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities. Power outages: About 48,000, down from more than 115,000.

TENNESSEE - A route across the Smoky Mountains closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT - Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA - Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 37,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems planned to resume full service. Power outages: about 200, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA - Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County -- an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes -- collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Deaths: 5. Power outages: 224,000, down from about 271,000.

WISCONSIN - Dangerously high waves and flooding were expected along Lake Michigan.