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UPDATE: Sandy's death toll climbs

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- It could be days before people in much of the Northeast can see their lives start to return to normal, in the aftermath of a storm that has left at least 50 people dead.

More than 8.2 million people across the East are without power. New York City was especially hard hit, its subways shut down and much of Manhattan left without power.

In New Jersey, water is where it shouldn't be -- in housing developments, the streets of coastal communities and inside businesses.  Landmarks, amusement park rides and boats are battered or misplaced.  Gov. Chris Christie says what he saw during a helicopter tour was "unthinkable."  He's to take another tour on Wednesday with President Barack Obama.

And it's not over yet. Forecasters say the storm that resulted when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other storm systems is turning from Pennsylvania into western New York, where it's expected to dump more rain.

In one measure of the storm's size and power, waves on southern Lake Michigan have risen above 20 feet, tying a record.

Sandy brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and neighboring states, with more than two feet of snow expected in some places.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than seven million power outages in its wake.

New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater -- three feet above the previous record -- caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of the city's subway system. It also forced 200 patients to be evacuated from one hospital.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the massive storm is moving across Pennsylvania and is expected to take a sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning.

The Midwest also is bracing for Sandy. Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 miles an hour and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WKOW) -- Eighteen people are now confirmed dead in the U.S. from the superstorm that slammed into the East Coast Monday night. More than 7.5 million homes and businesses are without power.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York and Long Island. The declaration makes federal funding available to people in that area.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WKOW) -- The number continue to get worse as more people have died and more people are without power after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast.

The storm is now being blamed for at least 16 deaths in the United States. More than 7.3 million homes and businesses are in the dark.

Meanwhile in Queens, New York a fire has destroyed at least 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood.

More than 190 firefighters responded to the blaze and two people have suffered minor injuries. The fire started around 11:00 p.m. Monday.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WKOW) -- The death toll from Superstorm Sandy has now risen to at least 13 in the United States.

Five people have died in New York, one in Connecticut, three in New Jersey, two in Philadelphia and one in West Virginia. The HMS Bounty deckhand who was found unresponsive after abandoning ship was later declared dead at the hospital.

Sandy is now responsible for a total of 81 deaths in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean, including 51 people in Haiti.

At least 5 million people are without power now from the East Coast to Ohio.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- At least 10 deaths are being blamed on Superstorm Sandy, which has knocked out power to over 3 million people across the East.

Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City.

The surge is threatening electrical systems that power Wall Street. Large sections of lower Manhattan have been plunged into darkness as water pressed into the island from three sides.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University Hospital and the city is working to move people out. He's urging residents not to call 911 unless it's an emergency and imploring them to stay off roads so emergency vehicles can get around.

While Sandy has lost its hurricane status, forecasters say it remains every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path. The hybrid storm is also smacking Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph. Coastal communities have suffered flooding.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Forecasters in Miami say the center of former Hurricane Sandy has made landfall along the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm packing torrential rains and wind roared ashore about 8 p.m. EDT Monday. The vast storm has already knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Forecasters say Sandy is no longer a hurricane but is still a dangerous system taking dead aim at New Jersey and Delaware.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that Sandy is a post-tropical storm and losing strength but still has sustained winds at 85 mph. The eye has almost made landfall.

The center says storm surge has reached heights of 12.4 feet at Kings Point, N.Y.

Gaining speed and power through the day, the storm knocked out electricity to more than 1.5 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more. It clobbered the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor, from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston, with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph.

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