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Power Slowly Returns to Much of Northeast After Sandy
Date:11/2/2012

By HealthDay Staff

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Millions more in the storm-ravaged Northeast woke up Friday morning to restored electricity as the region slowly recovers from "superstorm" Sandy.

But the U.S. death toll from the storm climbed to 92 by Friday as more bodies were recovered from wrecked and flooded homes, the Associated Press reported.

Overall, 3.8 million people remain without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million, the AP said.

Cities and towns hit hard by Sandy had begun to restore power and transportation Wednesday and early Thursday. In New York City, officials reopened the Stock Exchange after a two-day shutdown, airports began to resume service and theater lights went on once more. Partial service has been restored to New York City's subway system.

Sandy -- which started as a hurricane until being dubbed a post-tropical cyclone Tuesday -- made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., Monday evening.

Millions have seen power restored to their homes, but the AP reported Friday that 1.3 million people across New York State were without power. In New Jersey, more than 1.6 million people are without electricity, as are 372,000 in Pennsylvania, 241,000 in Connecticut, more than 104,000 in West Virginia and just under 89,000 in Ohio.

Heavy snowfall in states such as Kentucky, West Virginia and Maryland are adding to power outages. In West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin requested a federal disaster declaration after nearly three feet of snow fell in that state.

Eqecat, a company that predicts the costs of catastrophes for insurance companies, said Sandy's economic damage could total $10 billion to $20 billion, the Washington Post reported.

For the millions still without power, preparation will have been key, said one expert.

Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said it's importan
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