NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los daños causados por la supertormenta Sandy en el estado de Nueva York podrían totalizar 33,000 millones de dólares, afirmó el gobernador Andrew Cuomo el jueves, mientras el estado empezaba a reponerse de un nuevo fenómeno meteorológico que provocó una nevada, derribó los postes del tendido eléctrico y dejó a cientos de miles de usuarios en la oscuridad.

Mientras tanto, la frustración de cientos de miles de usuarios de Nueva York y Nueva Jersey crecía conforme pasaban los días a la espera del restablecimiento del suministro eléctrico. La gente está cansada y tiene frío. Algunos exigen que se investigue a las empresas de servicio, a las que acusan de no estar trabajando lo suficientemente rápido.

Un enojado Andrew Cuomo, gobernador de Nueva York, se unió el jueves a las exhortaciones de que se realice una investigación, criticando agudamente a las compañías de servicios públicos calificándolas como no preparadas y mal manejadas.

"En privado he utilizado un lenguaje que mis hijas no podrían escuchar", dijo furioso. "Es inaceptable lo mucho que se ha prolongado, porque entre más tiempo pasa, el sufrimiento de la gente es peor", agregó.

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  • A pile of garbage in the street is covered with snow in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to a layer of wet snow and more power outages after a new storm pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Snow masks much of the damage done to the New Dorp section of Staten Island, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to a layer of wet snow and more power outages after a new storm pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Storm-Damaged Communities On East Coast Hit By Nor'Easter

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: People walk down a street after last night's Nor'easter, also known as a northeaster storm, November 8, 2012 in New York City. The storm brought gusting winds, rain, and snow and forced the cancelation of flights for thousands of passengers flying into and out of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

  • Storm-Damaged Communities On East Coast Hit By Nor'Easter

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: A man and child wait to cross the street after last night's Nor'easter, also known as a northeaster storm, November 8, 2012 in New York City. The storm brought gusting winds, rain, and snow and forced the cancelation of flights for thousands of passengers flying into and out of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

  • Mark McIntyre talks with sanitation department employees the morning after a storm brought snow to the New Dorp section of Staten Island, N.Y. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to a layer of wet snow and more power outages after a new storm pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Gennady Naydis keeps clearing his driveway even as the handle breaks off his shovel in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to a layer of wet snow and more power outages after a new storm pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Cars navigate Queens Boulevard during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Sanitation workers shovel snow from Queens Blvd. during a snow storm Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Men shovel snow from a walkway in Times Square Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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    CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 7, INSTEAD OF NOV. 9 - Axel Benitez, 7, his mother Lucia Figueroa, second from right, and his baby sister Jelannie, in the stroller, evacuate from Coney Island with the assistance of friends, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected. Winds could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • A NYPD traffic officer works in the financial district as sleet and snow blows around him, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A pedestrian walks into the wind near a steam vent in the financial district, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A pedestrian walks into the wind and snow in the financial district, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy are waiting with dread Wednesday for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm heads toward them and threatens to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the dark for even longer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Pedestrians walk through Times Square as it snows Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in New York. Coastal residents of New York and New Jersey faced new warnings to evacuate their homes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a new storm arrived Wednesday, only a week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Las empresas eléctricas han dicho que están enfrentando un daño sin precedente en su área de competencia y que están haciendo lo mejor que pueden. Y no hay duda de la magnitud de lo que han hecho: En el clímax del apagón, más de 8.5 millones de casa y negocios en 21 estados se quedaron sin suministro. Al jueves, esa cifra se redujo a aproximadamente 750,000, casi por entero en Nueva York y Nueva Jersey.

Una firma de pronósticos de daños había calculado que Sandy causaría pérdidas económicas de entre 30,000 y 50,000 millones de dólares desde las Carolinas hasta Maine, incluyendo daños a la propiedad, pérdida de negocios y gastos adicionales de sustento. El cálculo de Cuomo para el estado de Nueva York probablemente hará subir la cifra total de daños.

Un total de 50,000 millones de dólares por daños haría de Sandy la segunda tormenta más costosa en la historia de Estados Unidos, sólo detrás del huracán Katrina. Sandy inundó partes de la ciudad de Nueva York y el estado de Nueva Jersey con una marejada de más de 4 metros (14 pies), mató a más de 100 personas y en su peor momento dejó a más de 8.5 millones de personas sin electricidad.

Sandy provocó más apagones que cualquier otra tormenta, dijo el Departamento de Energía, y dejó a los automovilistas desesperados por encontrar gasolina al complicar la distribución de combustible.

"Vamos a tener que considerar un rediseño total", afirmó Cuomo sobre los sistemas de suministro de energía y combustible. "Con los apagones se paraliza la nación y se produce caos".

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En particular, el gobernador señaló los problemas de la ciudad de Nueva York, debidos en gran parte al agua del mar que inundó instalaciones que se ubican a entre 15 y 20 pisos de profundidad.

"Es una obra de arte de ingeniería", comentó, "pero si se inunda Manhattan, se anega toda esa infraestructura. No hay ni siquiera modo de desagotarla".

Y esto es después de que una tormenta invernal dejó sin electricidad anoche a más de 200,000 clientes en esos dos estados, borrando parte del avance realizado por las cuadrillas de trabajadores.

"Perdimos la electricidad la semana pasada, apenas la recuperamos durante uno o dos días, y ahora la perdimos nuevamente", dijo John Monticello, de Point Pleasant Beach, Nueva Jersey. "Ahora cada día es igual: Encender el mechero de gas para calefacción. Café instantáneo. Usar el iPad para saber que está ocurriendo en el resto del mundo", agregó.

La creciente crítica se ha hecho sentir más después que la ciudad de Nueva York y Long Island siguieron el ejemplo del estado de Nueva Jersey de racionar la venta de gasolina a través de la venta según la terminación de número de placa de los vehículos para enfrentar la escasez y enormes filas en las estaciones de servicio; la Agencia Federal de Atención de Emergencias comenzó a traer casa móviles a la región; y que Cuomo dijo que la tormenta podría haber costado al estado de Nueva York por sí solo 33.000 millones de dólares.

Nueva Jersey no tenía un cálculo sobre los daños, pero otros han calculado que Sandy ocasionó daños totales de hasta 50.000 millones de dólares, convirtiéndose la segunda tormenta más cara en la historia de Estados Unidos, después de l huracán Katrina, que inundó Nueva Orleáns en 2005.

Sandy mató más de 100 personas en 10 estados, con la mayoría de las muertes en Nueva York y Nueva Jersey.

Defensores de la industria eléctrica han señalado que Sandy fue enorme y golpeó el corredor más densamente poblado del país. Según la apreciación del Departamento de Energía, dejó a más gente en la oscuridad que ninguna otra tormenta en la historia de la nación.

Hizo más que derribar postes de tendido eléctrico: inundó estaciones y subestaciones de distribución, obligando a los trabajadores a desconectar cientos de componentes complejos, limpiarlos, reemplazar algunos de ellos, cambiar el cableado a otros y colocarlos de nuevo. Sólo después de conectar esas estaciones, es que los trabajadores pueden ir a reparar líneas de conducción.

En Rockaway Beach, en Queens, cuadrillas de trabajadores laboraron el jueves inspeccionando los túneles inundados que transmiten corriente. Antes de descender a las compuertas, Ed Sellman utilizó un camión cisterna aspirante con capacidad para 3.400 galones para sacar la arena que recubría los cables subterráneos.

"Tratamos de limpiar, para cuando ellos bajen a realizar la inspección, puedan ver y no estén trabajando entre lodo como cerdos", dijo Sellman.

Alrededor de la región, sin embargo, hay clientes frustrados y en algunos casos furiosos, quejándose de que no se les estaba informando cuándo se restauraría el servicio.

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    John Hardy, left, and his son, Liam, 13, visit the charred remains of his wife's parents home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed more than 100 homes in the oceanfront community during Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, a burned bicycle lies in the ashes of a burned out home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York. More than 50 homes were lost in a fire that swept through the oceanside community during Superstorm Sandy. Some residents of New York City's storm-battered Breezy Point neighborhood say thieves looted their damaged houses over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A swimming pool is cleared of sand in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood on November 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The state of New York has said that Superstorm Sandy has cost upwards of $42 billion. This price, for which congressional leaders will make requests for federal disaster aid to help pay, includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • A man walks past destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Officials say New York City's free repair program for storm-damaged homes has fixed up about 50 homes so far, while still just gearing up. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Men shovel out a pool filled with mud on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants huge electrical transformers hauled to upper floors of commercial buildings and the ability to shutter subways as part of a $9 billion plan to protect New York City from the next superstorm. Cuomo said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that government must take preventive measures now to avoid future loss of life and billions more in damage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • People wait to use a pay phone on Bright Beach Avenue, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps Wednesday to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The floodwaters that poured into New York's deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system's 108-year history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth, which sells discount tickets to Broadway shows, in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Most Broadway theaters were reopening Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures related to superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

  • Workers try to clear boats and debris from the New Jersey Transit Morgan draw bridge Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in South Amboy, N.J., after Monday's storm surge from Sandy pushed boats and cargo containers onto the train tracks. New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, which provides train service from the New Jersey shore towns to New York City, may experience prolonged disruption. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • This photo provided by Metropolitan Transportation Authority shows people boarding a bus, as partial bus service was restored on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Mass transit, including buses, was suspended during Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Patrick Cashin)

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    People wait in line to fill containers with fuel at a Shell gas station October 30, 2012 in Edison, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ryan Fitzgerald, center, of the Toms River Police Department, helps Connie Boorer, left, get into a bus to head to a shelter while bus driver Debbie Baker-Star, right, carries Boorer's walker as officials helped stranded citizens out of their flooded homes a day after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Toms River, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    People leave a home on a flooded street October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey left much of Bergen County flooded and without power. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People look across the East River from Brooklyn into lower Manhattan, where some buildings were operating with emergency backup generators, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. Much of lower Manhattan is without electric power following the impact of superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Houses are surrounded by floodwaters in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Homes destroyed by a fire at Breezy Point are shown, in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Sand and debris cover a part of town near the ocean in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Residents assess damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point, in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York's Financial District in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

  • A man uses his mobile phone to photograph a closed and flooded subway station in lower Manhattan, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Due to superstorm Sandy, New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Kim Johnson looks over the destruction near her seaside apartment in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Waves driven by superstorm Sandy crash on the beach of Lake Ontario in Toronto on Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • A man photographs a home damaged during a storm at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • A boat lies toppled between two flooded houses in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A street sign is partially buried in sand Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, in Cape May, N.J., after a storm surge from Sandy pushed the Atlantic Ocean over the beach and across Beach Avenue. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • A tree worker directs a crane in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 lifting parts of a tree felled by superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Large stretches of boardwalk were destroyed by Storm Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in in the New York City borough of Queen. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in the flooded neighborhood. More than 190 firefighters have contained the six-alarm blaze fire in the Breezy Point section, but they are still putting out some pockets of fire. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Water reaches the street level of the Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

  • Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Superstorm Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

  • Water reaches the street level of the flooded Battery Park Underpass, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

  • Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York's main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • This photo provided by Dylan Patrick shows flooding along the Westside Highway near the USS Intrepid as Sandy moves through the area Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. (AP Photo/Dylan Patrick) MANDATORY CREDIT: DYLAN PATRICK

  • The New York skyline remains dark Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from the Williamsburg neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the electrical network beneath the city's financial district, New York City's main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath of the city was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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  • Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York's main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Lights from a NYPD police vehicle illuminate a downed tree on 6th Avenue, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • In this photo provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey a surveillance camera captures the PATH station in Hoboken, N.J., as it is flooded shortly before 9:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

  • FDNY inflatable boats travel along 14th street towards the East River on a rescue mission in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

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  • Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

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  • Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Flooded cars, caused by Hurricane Sandy, are seen on October 29, 2012, in the Financial District of New York, United States. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the eastern third of the U.S., is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City will bus, subway and commuter rail service as of Sunday evening (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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