EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSUPERSTORM SANDY UPDATE
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Sandy Slams East Coast, Blamed For At Least 16 U.S. Deaths
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 30, 2012 8:41 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 11:04 AM EDT
East Coast, USA , Ohio
At least 16 U.S. deaths are now being blamed on the superstorm that's pummeling the East Coast.
One person died after a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie "Mutiny on the Bounty," went down in the storm off North Carolina. Fourteen other crew members were rescued by helicopter Monday. The ship's captain is still missing.
Meanwhile, the Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and others covered in water and snow.
In New Jersey, authorities have launched a rescue effort after a broken levee flooded a small northern Garden State town early Tuesday. Moonachie Police Sgt. Tom Schmidt says the levee broke and left about 5 feet of water in the streets within 45 minutes. The police and fire departments are flooded. Officials are using boats to try to rescue about 800 people living in a trailer park. There are no reports of injuries or deaths there.
In the nation's capital, the DC Metro remains closed, but officials say it did not receive any major damage from the storm. Spokesman Dan Stessel says it appears the transit system weathered the storm well. He says they were most worried about flooding, downed trees and power problems. But Metro crews weren't finding major damage. Stessel says there was some water infiltration but no significant flooding and few downed trees that will affect the transit system. Still, they want to inspect further once the sun rises Tuesday.
Metro plans to determine its reopening plans by noon Tuesday. Stessel says he expects the transit system will be operating Wednesday.Metro is the nation's second-busiest transit system after New York City based on weekly ridership.
In the Big Apple, Superstorm Sandy flooded tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. Stock trading will be closed for a second day Tuesday. In the borough of Queens, a fire in a flooded neighborhood has destroyed at least 50 homes.
An estimated 6.2 million homes and businesses across the East are without power. Heavy rain and further flooding remain major threats for the next couple of days as Sandy makes its way into Pennsylvania and up into New York State.
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