Superstorm Sandy still causing severe weather, power outages - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Obama surveys damage from Sandy; NYC subway to open

Posted: Updated:
Houses were toppling over after Hurricane Sandy swept through East Haven, CT. (Source: WFSB) Houses were toppling over after Hurricane Sandy swept through East Haven, CT. (Source: WFSB)
Debris and flooded streets filled a street in East Haven, CT after Sandy came through. (Source: WFSB) Debris and flooded streets filled a street in East Haven, CT after Sandy came through. (Source: WFSB)
More than 20 inches of snow fell in Mountain lake Park, MD. (Source: Tracy Givens) More than 20 inches of snow fell in Mountain lake Park, MD. (Source: Tracy Givens)

(RNN) - President Barack Obama joined New Jersey's governor Wednesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Obama and Gov. Chris Christie spent about an hour flying over the state aboard Marine One, finding wreckage of neighborhoods and businesses beneath them. Among the sights was a large fire still burning, splintered remnants of people's homes and the remains of the New Jersey Boardwalk, according to the Associated Press.

It marked the third day the president had been off the campaign trail, although he planned to resume Thursday. Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who resumed campaigning Wednesday, had also foregone the stump speeches during the week and encouraged people to help with disaster relief.

Nationwide, there have been at least 62 deaths as a result of Sandy, the AP reported. More than 6 million people were without power, and estimates on the cost of damage were in the billions of dollars.

Rescues efforts by the National Guard continued in New York, New Jersey and other states. Teams attempted to reach an estimated 20,000 people trapped by flooding in Hoboken, NJ – roughly 25 percent of the city. 

In New York City, preparations were made to get back to some normalcy. Some of the rail system began running again Wednesday, and officials announced some parts of the subway line would be going Thursday.

However, portions of the subway system would remain closed after flooding in tunnels and stations, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The New York Stock Exchange, running on generators, opened for the first time this week, and Kennedy and nearby Newark Liberty airports were open for business. 

LaGuardia Airport remained closed after runways were flooded by the storm surge late Monday.

West Virginia dealt with heavy snowstorms Tuesday, with more than a foot of snow falling in the lower areas. More than three feet in the higher areas of the Mountain State, according to the state's website.

"We are making great progress in clearing our roadways, but we continue to be faced with new challenges as the storm continues to affect the Mountain State,' said West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Power outages are also a problem, with more than 270,000 West Virginians in the dark. To help those in need, FEMA is bringing in 700,000 meals and 1.4 million liters of water.

One storm-related death was reported in West Virginia. 

In Maryland, heavy rain hit the eastern part of the state while a blizzard rocked the west, causing two deaths and leaving more than 200,000 people without electricity.

The heavy rains caused flooding, and coastal towns like Ocean City were especially hit hard, where streets were under as much as three feet of water.

In the west, snow was the biggest problem for most. More than 20 inches fell on the ground Tuesday.

Kathie Smith of Mountain Lake Park, MD, said the snow has caused major power outages.

"The electric people said they'd be lucky to get power tomorrow, but the outer reaches of the county could be a week," Smith said.

In Ohio, rain and strong winds affected the Cleveland area, and icy roads in the northwest part of the state caused two car crashes, resulting in two deaths.

Like many states hit by Sandy, more than 250,000 Ohioans are also without electricity.

Severe weather has also been reported in other states, including Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky, where more than a foot of snow has fallen in the Appalachian area of that state.

Although several states are dealing with the effects of Sandy, much of the attention is still focused on New York City and New Jersey, where the hurricane-like rains caused widespread damage to the country's most densely populated area.

Transit remains shut down in New York City, where water flooded the streets and subway tunnels. Christie reported Tuesday that rail cars were swept away and deposited onto the New Jersey Turnpike.

Christie surveyed the Jersey shore by air Tuesday. He called the damage "unthinkable."

"This is a monumental, monumental task that we have in front of us. I would ask them this week for their patience and then the week after that, we're going to need their resilience as we begin to go back to work and rebuild our state," he said.

There have been 22 reported deaths in New York City and six in New Jersey - many of them the result of falling trees. The New York Times reported other deaths were the result of varied causes, including electrical fires and drowning.

So far, Sandy has claimed more than 120 lives, including 67 in the Caribbean.

Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Hurricane SeasonMore>>

  • Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

    Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:19:42 GMT
    The storm-beaten seaside communities on Hawaii's Big Island are fighting to restore electricity and running water - and likely deciding who will hold the state's U.S. Senate seat.
    Robert Gavel was too busy Monday helping a crew repair a home savaged by Tropical Storm Iselle to consider that his hard-hit community on Hawaii's Big Island would likely decide who would become the state's next...
  • Rescue launched for boat caught in Hurricane Julio

    Rescue launched for boat caught in Hurricane Julio

    Monday, August 11 2014 2:28 AM EDT2014-08-11 06:28:05 GMT
    A rescue effort is underway to reach three people aboard a sailboat that got caught in Hurricane Julio about 400 miles northeast of Oahu.
    A rescue effort was launched Sunday to reach three people aboard a sailboat that got caught in Hurricane Julio about 400 miles northeast of Oahu.
  • How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    How tropical weather shook up an island paradise

    Sunday, August 10 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-10 23:56:44 GMT
    His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands of others in a rural swath of the Big Island remained in the dark and unable to...
    Sunshine and blue skies returned to parts of Hawaii on Sunday after days of heavy rain and gusting winds brought by Tropical Storm Iselle, the first to make landfall in more than two decades. A second storm in the Pacific,...
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.