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UPDATE: Sandy death toll now 57

People view the area where a 2000-foot section of the "uptown" boardwalk was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, N.J. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) People view the area where a 2000-foot section of the "uptown" boardwalk was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, N.J. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (WKOW) -- At least 57 deaths are now linked to the storm that battered the Northeast. About 6.5 million homes and businesses are without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey.

In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running. Residents noticed an increase in traffic and people waiting at bus stops.

The Brooklyn Bridge was closed on Tuesday because of high winds. But Wednesday, joggers and bikers made their way across before sunrise. Car traffic was brisk but slowed going into Manhattan.

Wall Street is getting back to work. Trading resumed on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday after being closed for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran the opening bell.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett cited reports that Amtrak and Philadelphia's mass transit system were slowly beginning to run again.

Amtrak says it has restored train service to Newark Liberty International Airport. But the railroad says Northeast Regional service between Newark, N.J., and Boston and Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor remain suspended. Officials have not given an update when they expect service to return to normal. 

In Washington, the Smithsonian Institution's museums and National Zoo are reopening after shutting for two days.


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The death toll from Hurricane Sandy rises to at least 55 people along the East Coast.

Communities are slowly recovering from the storm. Thousands of workers and school children on the East Coast will return on Wednesday. They're trying to get back to a normal life after the hurricane.

The hardest hit areas on the East Coast take the first steps towards recovery after Hurricane Sandy hits.

More than 8 million people are still without power and the death toll continues to rise. The New York Stock Exchange will reopen Wednesday morning after their two-day unscheduled stop.

Two of New York's major airports, JFK and Newark, will also reopen with limited service on Wednesday. LaGuardia Airport remains closed and won't be accepting flights anytime soon.

Power outages spread over 17 states, from Virginia to Maine. President Obama issued disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey so that federal aid will be offered to the affected areas.

President Obama plans to join New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Wednesday in New Jersey to tour the damage.

All bridges into Manhattan were reopened Tuesday and limited bus service was set to resume Tuesday night.

Officials hope to have power restored to New York in two to three days. They hope to have the subways running in three to four days.

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