Sandy Toll Rises To 82 In North America

NEW YORK: Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast of US and latest figures put the death toll in North America at 82 with nearly 6.5-million homes and businesses still without power.

At least 82 people in North Americadied in the superstorm, which ravaged the northeastern United Stateson Monday night and officials said the count could climb higher as rescuers searched house-to-house through coastal towns

In New York City, it could be days before thousands of people get their power back on, but Governor Andrew Cuomo said bus service resumed Wednesday and limited subway service will begin on Thursday. It will still be several days before the full system is back up and running.

At the height of the disaster, more than 8.2 million customers lost electricity — nearly a quarter of those without power were in NYC.

All 10 of the city’s tunnels that carry passengers under the East River were flooded by the storm. Schools will also be closed again today.

The New York Stock Exchange reopened today after being shut down Monday and Tuesday, but it is running on generator power. Most airports are also open with limited service, except for LaGuardia and Teterboro.

President Barack Obama visited New Jersey, Wednesday, where he met with first responders and toured flood and fire-damaged areas with Governor Chris Christie.

Anyone who wants to help victims of the storm in the U.S., the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, World Vision and Americares are among the agencies accepting donations.

In Toronto, there are still around 500 homes and businesses without power as of Wednesday afternoon. Toronto Hydro said power is restored to almost 99 per cent of customers.
In terms of the rest of the province, Hydro One said around 7,000 across Ontario don’t have power. Most of the affected residents are in Muskoka.

The Toronto District School Board said power has been restored at both Keele Street Public School and Rippleton Public School. Classes will resume today at those two schools, as well as at all other schools affected by outages yesterday.

However, in the Toronto Catholic District School Board, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School remained closed on Wednesday. It is scheduled to re-open on Thursday.

Anyone flying out of either out of Pearson International Airport or the Island Airport is advised to check their flight status as cancellations are still an issue. Pearson said airlines have cancelled around 15 per cent of flights to and from Toronto today.