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At Least 48 Deaths, More Than 8 Million Without Power Due to Superstorm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials say the death toll from Superstorm Sandy has reached 48.
Many of the victims were killed by trees toppled by the storm, including a New Yorker killed in bed by a tree that fell onto an apartment.
More than 8 million, from Maine to the Carolinas, are waiting for the power to return. There are widespread outages in lower Manhattan. Utility officials say it could be days before power is restored and the subway system is running again.
The extent of the damage in New Jersey, where the storm roared ashore last night with hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, is still being assessed. Powerful winds and ocean surge knocked houses off their foundations, demolished boardwalks and wrecked amusement pier rides. President Barack Obama will tour New Jersey tomorrow with Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican has been a harsh Obama critic but praised him today for his response to the storm.
A financial forecasting firm predicts Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business. According to HIS Global Insight, Sandy will be one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the U.S.
The storm has moved east into Pennsylvania and is expected to turn into New York State tonight. And while it has weakened, forecasters say it will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding.
Posted: Tuesday, October 30 2012, 06:15 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Line of storms brings flash floods to OKC area
May 23, 2013 16:38 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Storms that lingered over the Oklahoma City area have brought flooding to several areas.
A number of roads in the metro area had to be closed Thursday morning due to high water. Cars and people were stranded in places and the National Weather Service recommended residents delay traveling until the waters recede.
As the noon hour approached, a flash flood warning was in effect for Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan, McClain and Oklahoma counties.
In Oklahoma City, officials say SW 104th between Rockwell and Meridian was washed out and a sinkhole formed on Rockwell between SW 74 and SW 89th.
Flooding also affected the Interstate 240 Service Road at South Western.
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