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Death toll up, gasoline lines grow in monster storm’s wake

(Reuters) – New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days on Thursday and the death toll continued to rise from the former hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest and most devastating storms ever to hit the United States. Lines formed at gas stations amid fuel shortages around the U.S. Northeast and emergency… Read more →

Sandy aftermath: Aerial video of devastation in New York, New Jersey

Aerial footage filmed on Tuesday shows the aftermath of a huge fire in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, which destroyed 80 to 100 houses. Meanwhile, Lower Manhattan still has residual flooding from superstorm Sandy, although much of the water has receded from around Battery Park City. Across the Hudson River from Manhattan, large areas of Hoboken, New Jersey, remained under water.

Hurricane Sandy disrupts Northeast U.S. telecom networks

(Reuters) – Power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy disrupted telecommunications services in Northeastern states on Tuesday, resulting in spotty coverage for cellphones, television, home telephones and Internet services. While all the region’s telecom service providers were having problems, Verizon Communications, which serves many of the states in the hurricane’s path, may have suffered some of the worst damage… Read more →

Inside NYC hospital’s near disaster during Sandy

(CBS News) It was an extraordinary scene at NYU Langone Medical Center after the main and backup power generators failed. The stakes could not have been higher. When I arrived shortly before midnight yesterday, the lobby was filled with doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and a command team of medical center personnel headed by Dr. Robert Grossman, the Dean and… Read more →

At least 17 dead, millions without power in Sandy’s aftermath

As Superstorm Sandy churned slowly inland, millions along the U.S. East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were unusually dark and abandoned. At least 17 people were killed in seven states. The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds cut power to more… Read more →

Hurricane Sandy shows similarities to ‘perfect storm’

Weather forecasters are keeping their eye on Hurricane Sandy, which could potentially affect residents from Florida to northern New England. Although the forecasters caution that the computer models are still divided over the future path of the storm, in a worst-case scenario the US will get hit with a storm that will be bring back memories of the “perfect storm”… Read more →

Italy quake deaths blamed on scientists and an ex-government official

The head of Italy’s disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has stepped down after seven colleagues were sentenced for their roles before the L’Aquila quake. Six scientists and an ex-government official were convicted of multiple manslaughter for giving a falsely reassuring statement. The 6.3 magnitude quake killed 309 people and left the city in ruins. Mr Maiani, a physicist, said the Serious… Read more →

East Coast Tropical Nightmare or Miss

Tropical Storm Sandy will soon form in the Caribbean, and scenarios for its final destination range from bypassing the East Coast to creating a nightmare for millions of people. Tropical Depression 18 formed in the central Caribbean at midday Monday and should strengthen into Tropical Storm Sandy by Tuesday. The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is confident the future tropical storm will then head northward… Read more →