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Update: 26 Deaths, Millions Without Power Due To Hurricane Sandy

Although downgraded from a hurricane before making landfall, Sandy hit the northeast hard with at least 26 deaths being reported, and millions across 15 states without power.

Reclassified as a sub-tropical cyclone, the storm landed in New York City Monday evening, and is expected to turn north and reach Canada by late Tuesday. However, the effects of the storm can be felt all the way west to the Great lakes.

New York City transportation is still suspended, as subway tunnels are flooded and bridges remain closed. At least 50 homes were destroyed by a fire in a neighborhood in Queens. New Jersey also saw a lot of destruction, as a huge chunk of the Atlantic City boardwalk was destroyed by tidal waters. Rescue efforts are underway to reach people stranded near the Jersey Shore.

Along with flooding, states also experienced snowfall, with West Virginia recording 24 inches across the state. The storm has also led to over 15,000 flight cancellations.

Hurricane Sandy is tied to at least 26 deaths, including one in Canada. This adds to the storm's death toll of 67 when it hit the Caribbean last week. President Obama has declared a federal disaster area in New York City, Long Island and eight counties in New Jersey.

According to estimates, billions in economic loss is expected from Sandy, with $7 billion alone in New York City from wind damage.

For more information about hurricanes and insurance claims, see our previous blog post here.

Source: The New York Times, "Hurricane Sandy Barrels Region, Leaving Battered Path," Oct. 30, 2012.

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