Hurricane Sandy has finally come to an end but she left a lot of devastation. In two days, Sandy smashed into homes and trees, cutting power and destroying cities along the Atlantic Coast. Sandy has claimed 56 lives in the United States and 124 total.
According to CNN.com, the system reaches from the Appalachians to the Great Lakes and beyond to Canada, and it is triggering winter storm warnings from the mountains of Pennsylvania to those in North Carolina and Tennessee. A running CNN tally reflects a steady restoration of power, but 5.3 million customers remained without power Wednesday night in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
According to CNN.com, here is a brief summary of how Sandy has affected the United States and Canada:
The death toll stands at two, according to Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. The victims, one of them a firefighter in Easton, were killed by falling trees.
Delmarva Power predicted power will be fully restored by 6 p.m. Friday.
Gov. Jack Markell removed driving restrictions Tuesday evening.
Metro transportation bus and rail service were expected to be normal.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of the state Wednesday, with heavy rain expected as Sandy heads toward Canada.
Two people died.
After a raw sewage leak Tuesday, power has been restored to a processing plant. Howard County said drinking water was not affected.
“Wave goodbye to Sandy!” the National Weather Service office in Boston posted early Wednesday to Twitter. “The effects from this storm gradually come to an end today.”
Motorists lined up for blocks to buy gas. Others awaited their turns to fill up red canisters they carried with them.
Sandy killed at least six people in the Garden State, said Gov. Chris Christie, who had warned people in low-lying areas to evacuate. “We’re lucky that more people didn’t die as a result of folks ignoring those warnings,” he told reporters.
“We’re making progress,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters late Wednesday. “New Yorkers are working, and they’re working together and they’re working at getting us back to work.”
Traffic in Manhattan on Wednesday “was very, very high, and the gridlock was dangerous,” he said, describing the situation as “intolerable and dangerous.
The death toll stands at two, including a crew member of the HMS Bounty, which sank. The Bounty’s captain is missing.
The state of emergency for 24 western counties remains in effect because of snow.
The state has dispatched nearly 400 crews to clear storm debris.
The death toll in the state rose to nine, including an 8-year-old boy who was struck by a tree limb.
Virginia’s death toll remains at two, The state has also seen heavy snowfall.
Officials report at least five storm-related deaths.
Parts of West Virginia have seen at least 2 feet of snowfall from Sandy, and more snow is expected in the Appalachians.
Sandy’s residual effects were still being felt in the United States as it continued to drift northward into Canada, dropping more rain over some of the Great Lakes.
Authorities blamed flying debris for the death of a Toronto woman.
Now the clean-up will begin, and if you would like to help, here is a list of things you all can do to help out.
How You Can Help
Donate Blood — The Red Cross had to cancel about 300 blood drives because of the storm and supplies are running low. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area. The New York Blood Center is also collecting blood donations in the New York/New Jersey area.
Give Food and Shelter — The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.
Help Children in Need — Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.
Care for Animals — The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.
Provide Emergency Supplies — AmeriCares, Catholic Charities USA, Direct Relief International, Feeding America and Operation Blessing International are providing food, medical supplies, emergency kits and support for people in need.
Join in the Cleanup — Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away, and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help rebuild after the storm passes.
Help Outside the U.S. — Hurricane Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are helping people affected by Sandy in Haiti and Cuba.