Superstorm Latest: US Death Toll Now 57, Wall Street Reopens

Posted at: 10/31/2012 10:22 AM


NEW YORK (AP) - At least 57 deaths in the U.S. are now linked to the storm that battered the Northeast. About 6.5 million homes and businesses are without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey. The power is out as far west as Wisconsin, and as far south as the Carolinas.

In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running. Residents noticed an uptick in traffic and people waiting at bus stops.

The Brooklyn Bridge was closed a day earlier because of high winds. But today, joggers and bikers made their way across before sunrise. One cyclist carried a flashlight. Car traffic was brisk but slowed going into Manhattan.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett cited reports that Amtrak and Philadelphia's mass transit system were slowly coming back.

In Washington, the Smithsonian Institution's museums and National Zoo are reopening after shutting for two days.

Wall Street reopens after being shut for two days

Wall Street is getting back to work.

Trading resumed on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday after being closed for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran the opening bell.

The exchange is running on backup generators since power is out in large parts of downtown Manhattan.

The market got off to a good start after the shutdown, with stocks moving higher.

General Motors rose 4 percent after reporting earnings that beat Wall Street's forecasts.

JFK, Newark airports reopen on limited schedule

Two of the biggest airports serving New York - John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International - have reopened.

The first passenger flight to JFK arrived from Long Beach, Calif., at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday. The JetBlue flight carried 150 passengers.

The first flight into Newark, N.J., was a FedEx plane that landed at 7:12 a.m.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico says the two airports reopened "on a very limited operational schedule." He urged passengers to call their carriers before heading to the airports.

Some terminals at Newark had lost power during the superstorm but electricity returned on Tuesday.

New York's LaGuardia Airport remains closed. Authorities are assessing the impact of the storm on the airport.

Guard evacuating people, taking in food to NJ city

New Jersey National Guard trucks are delivering ready-to-eat meals and evacuating the city of Hoboken.

About half the city remains flooded two days after superstorm Sandy struck. Thousands are still holed up in their brownstones, condos, and other housing.

The mile-square city is across the Hudson River from New York.

The mayor's spokesman, Juan Melli, said Wednesday many people are now asking to be evacuated.

Payloaders have been used to get people out for medical emergencies but Melli says the streets are so narrow they can get stuck.

Melli says the city is asking people with generators and boats to bring them to city hall, which is on dry ground and powered by a backup generator.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Sunday ordered an evacuation of basement and street-level units.

NJ starts turning to rebuilding after storm

Debris and damage from Sandy continue to hinder recovery efforts in New Jersey.

Motorists face numerous blocked roads and traffic lights that aren't working.

Impassable roads are keeping firefighters from responding to series of natural gas fires in Mantoloking. An emergency management official says the flames rekindled today where about 14 homes were destroyed two days ago.

Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames reaching over Mantoloking. There's a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it.

GOP candidate among 3 killed in W.Va. weather

A West Virginia legislative candidate is the third person in the state reported to be killed in accidents related to weather from superstorm Sandy.

George Rose tells The Associated Press that his 60-year-old father, John Rose Sr., was checking fences on his deer farm in Barbour County on Tuesday when he was struck by a falling tree limb. He was a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates.

Barbour County Emergency Services Director Cindy Hart says another man in his 60s died Tuesday while shoveling snow.

The storm also was blamed for the death of a 40-year-old woman whose car collided with a cement truck Monday in Tucker County.

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