Sandy Death Toll Rises, Millions Without Power

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NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy took the lives of at least 33 people and knocked out the power of more than 7.6 million homes and businesses along the East Coast.

Described as a hurricane on steroids, Sandy came ashore Monday evening, pounding the New Jersey coastline.

"The devastation that's happened to New Jersey is beyond what's happened to anyone else, at least from the reports that I've seen so far. And that should come as no shock since the storm made landfall here," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

By daybreak, the governor had sent in crews to help the stranded.

In Moonachie, N.J., rescue workers evacuated hundreds of people after a beam was breached, leaving the entire area underwater.  So far, there've been no reports of injuries or deaths.

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The storm tore apart the famous boardwalk along the Jersey shore.

"We had waves as high as the light poles down on the boardwalk," one New Jersey resident recalled. "And it was just ripping up boards on the boardwalk and throwing them up on the lot beside us here."

The aftermath of high winds, heavy rain, and loss of power are visible up and down the mid-Atlantic coast.

Wind gusts pushed water up against homes, forcing residents to evacuate.

Meanwhile, 140 miles away from the coast, crews have been trying to restore electricity at a Maryland sewage plant.

The loss of power resulted in an overflow, dumping sewage at 2 million gallons per hour into a nearby river.

And in Pasadena, Md., a crane removed a tree that fell on one house. Late Monday night, a man trapped inside the home was killed.

Then there's the snow from Sandy. Eight states are getting snow from Ohio to North Carolina, with the heaviest so far in West Virginia. In the highest elevations, more than three feet is possible by Thursday.

"It was supposed to be only a two-hour layover here in Atlanta, Ga.," stranded traveller Eric Danielson said. "And now it's beginning to be a 28-hour layover until tomorrow."

The weather mess is hindering travel by air, train, and on roadways.
 
Gas prices also went up as Sandy forced two-thirds of the East Coast's refineries, its biggest pipeline, and most major ports to close.

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