In Superstorm Sandy's wake, at least seven million people from Virginia to New York and the Jersey shore are without power, according to the latest news update. While the storm is no longer a hurricane, many areas remain under water and are too dangerous for travel. The death tolls across seven states is currently at 16.
In a live television broadcast from CNN, Carol Costello said the Mid-Atlantic region is largely paralyzed. At 80 homes in Queens have burned down, according to Deborah Feyerick, who reported from Breezy Pointe in New York.
Some of the homes were simply knocked off their foundations. People are coming back to their homes trying to figure our how much damage the storm did. In addition, the community is trying to make sense of this [Superstorm Sandy].
The burning homes and businesses looked like something from a Halloween flick or an apocalypse film. And it sure didn't help that the winds from Sandy were fanning flames all over the place, making it tough for firefighters to contain.
ABC News said the massive storm is now impacting the Midwest.
Sandy is dumping snow in portions of West Virginia and more is expected as the systems moves through the region. Just looking at the images on television brings forth chills as the full impact from the storm is seen in fast-moving images.
The good news is that even with Election Day just a week away, leaders have set aside party politics to focus on life and property, not votes and polls.
Governor Chris Christie said the New Jersey Shore was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy when it came ashore. Atlantic City's Boardwalk was overcome by heavy surf from a record-breaking storm surge.
If you've been to the casino town lately, you may have seen the new and improved areas around town. However, Hurricane Sandy left major damage in her wake. Undoubtedly, the resources from the federal government and FEMA will help areas in the storm's path rebuild.
Christie thanked President Barack Obama for expediting the declaration of New Jersey as a major disaster area.
Governor Christie said his state experienced "significant" tidal damage. However, authorities are working feverishly to get resources to people in shelters. They are working to transition people to safer shelters that are at their limits. "The level of damage at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," said Christie.
Maggie Lake, who is near Moonachie in Bergen County, NJ, said people are literally being "plucked off of their rooftops." A berm failed and is causing water to inundate three neighboring towns. Up to five feet of water is on the streets from the dam-break and high tide is complicating rescue efforts. The area lies about 50 miles from the Jersey Shore.
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