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Sandy causes at least 16 U.S. deaths

Death, floods and destruction

The 168-foot John B. Caddell water tanker ran aground due to superstorm Sandy, CNN affiliate WABC reports.

Sandy causes at least 16 U.S. deaths

- More than 7 million without electricity
- Bloomberg: NY’s ‘worst storm ever’
- Wall Street, NYC subways shut down
- More than 15,000 flights canceled

Superstorm Sandy’s wrath: Deaths, flooding, outages – and no end in sight

Editor’s Note: Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore last night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. Twenty-one people are known to have died in the U.S. and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67. Millions are without power. Floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Below is the latest news as we learn it.
NYC Mayor’s Office
Mayor: Our two biggest challenges going forward will be getting our transit system and power grid up and running. 
[Update 11:22 a.m. ET] At least 21 people have died as a result of superstorm Sandy in the United States.
[Update 11:19 a.m. ET] New York City schools will be closed on Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a press conference. The district serves 1.1 million students in 1,700 schools, in New York City.
[Update 11:13 a.m. ET] Power may be out different locations in New York for the next two or three days – “or maybe even longer than that,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

[Update 8:04 a.m. ET] Superstorm Sandy flooded some New York City subways.

[Update 11:10 a.m. ET] U.S. financial markets are expected to reopen Wednesday, after being shuttered for two days to deal with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, CNNMoney reports. Major exchange operators NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX said Tuesday they were preparing to resume operations. The exchanges were spending the bulk of the day conducting tests with member firms to ensure all systems were running smoothly.
[Update 11:07 a.m. ET] Sandy may be the worst storm New York has ever experienced, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday. He told reporters at least 10 people died in New York City.
[Update 11:06 a.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it is believed more than 80 houses were destroyed by a fire in Queens.
[Update 11:03 a.m. ET] A boat blocks MTA tracks in New York.
[Update 10:43 a.m. ET] The amusement pier at Seaside Park on the Jersey Shore is half washed out, Gov. Chris Christie says, with the roller coaster and the log-plume ride in the ocean.
[Update 10:41 a.m. ET] “The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says.
[Update 10:32 a.m. ET] New Jersey’s governor says residents should not try to return to homes on the barrier islands.
[Update 5:50 a.m. ET] An overall breakdown of fatalities from Sandy as of 5:30 a.m.
Total deaths: 83
In the U.S.: 15
– 5 in New York
– 2 in Maryland
– 1 in Connecticut
– 3 in New Jersey
– 2 in Philadelphia
– 1 West Virginia
– 1 HMS Bounty deckhand who was found unresponsive and later declared dead at hospital
Outside the U.S.:
– 1 in Canada.
– 67 in the Caribbean, including 51 in Haiti.
[Update 10:22 a.m. ET] About 7.5 million customers are without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to numbers compiled by CNN from local power providers.
[Update 10:19 a.m. ET] A National Weather Service employee in Bowden, West Virginia, reports 24 inches of snow as of 9 a.m.
[Update 10:17 a.m. ET] The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has opened the Garden State Parkway in both directions. Tolls will resume at 2 p.m.
Travel lanes are still blocked by storm damage at 190 locations across the state, including portions of the New Jersey Turnpike.
[Update 10:13 a.m. ET] There have been more than 15,000 flight cancellations since Sunday as a result of Sandy, according to flight tracking site Read the latest report on how superstorm Sandy has affected travel.
[Update 10:03 a.m. ET] Amtrak says in a post on its Facebook page that it is assessing damage to its tracks and will make a decision later today when service will be restored on lines suspended because of superstorm Sandy.
[Update 9:57 a.m. ET] Water was flooding “at a massive rate” into the construction site at New York City’s ground zero, according to an official instagram photo from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office posted overnight. Pumping operations were to begin when the surge subsided, the photo says.
[Update 9:51 a.m. ET] The Huffington Post, Gawker and many other sites were unreachable for a period after Datagram, a New York-based provider of corporate Internet connections and servers, said it was battling flooding in its offices, CNNMoney reports.
[Update 9:47 a.m. ET] About 80 homes downstream of Speedwell Forge Lake Dam in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were advised to evacuate, CNN affiliate WHTM reports. The dam’s spillway was damaged last year by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Though the lake has been drained, officials worry an increase in water levels from Sandy could cause the dam to fail, the report said.

[Update 7:35 a.m. ET] CNN captured this photo from South Street Seaport, Manhattan, in New York City, as Sandy dumped heavy rain.