T he remnants of Hurricane Sandy crawled across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, ready to bank toward western New York. Behind the storm: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic Coast and staggering damage and disarray — from unmoored boardwalks to submerged mass-transit systems. About 100 homes burned in Queens, and several hundred residents near Atlantic City had to be rescued when floodwaters suddenly rose around them. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surveyed the shoreline, where houses were swept from their foundations and amusement park rides were washed into the ocean. "Beyond anything I thought I would ever see," he said. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg assessed the damage this way: "Nature," he said, "is an awful lot more powerful than we are." A complete roundup of the aftermath is on 13A.
50 people have died in the U.S. and Canada. Earlier, Sandy killed 69 in the Caribbean.
$20B damage estimate, and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business.
8Mpower outages in 17 states. In some places, it won't be restored for many days.