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“Superstorm Sandy” The United States of America gets hit by one of the Biggest Hurricanes in its History leaving Cities Flooded & 17 People Dead

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The United States of America has been hit by one of the biggest storms to ever descend on the country, Superstorm Sandy, with major disasters recorded in the cities of New York and Long Island. The storm which hit the mainland at 6.30pm local time yesterday has left a major parts of the cities under water. Millions of people on the East Coast are said to be facing fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm, which swamped New York City’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.

At least 17  people have been killed in seven states and power has been cut in more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio. Officials blamed at least 16 deaths on the converging storms – five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and one each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three of the victims were children, one just 8 years old.

Daily Mail reports that New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center.

Among the dead in New York were two children killed instantly by a falling tree in Westchester County, a woman electrocuted to death by falling wires in Manhattan and a 29-year-old man killed in a car crash in Queens. A 30-year-old man was also killed when a tree fell on his house in Flushing, Queens.

In Gotham, an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater – 3 feet above the previous record – has gushed into the city, inundating tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street, and sent hospital patients and tourists scrambling for safety.

The storm has resulted in the cancellation of around 12,500 flights, and the number is expected to grow. Also today, stock trading will be closed in the U.S. again for a second day running. The last time the New York Stock Exchange was closed for weather was in 1985 because of Hurricane Gloria, and it will be the first time since 1888 that the exchange will have been closed for two consecutive days because of weather.

The storm has also halted the presidential campaign and President Barack Obama has declared a ‘major disaster’ in New York and Long Island as swathes of the city woke up under water after a night of being battered by Superstorm Sandy.

Our hearts go out to the citizens and residents of the Unites States at this difficult time and we pray that the souls of the departed shall rest in peace.

Pictures of flooding and damages caused by the storm



Are you in the U.S at this time? Do you have any experiences you would like to share?

Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

20 Comments

  1. adenike

    October 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    May God be with them.

  2. sparks

    October 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    God pls take control……imagine going on holiday and this happens! omg

  3. ejogene

    October 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    God have mercy! What is happening all over the world.

  4. Joan

    October 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I live in Baltimore, MD. Thankfully, all I saw around my home was a lot of wind and rain. No fallen trees or houses. Thank God for that. Sadly, it is not such a good story for others in the state. Lives have been lost, millions are still without power.

    Please keep us all in your prayers…

  5. seun asekun

    October 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    may God help USA and the people affected,this is a major disaster ‘hurricane sandy’,17 people already dead in new york,66 recorded in carribean

  6. kem

    October 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    OMG

  7. sleek n sexy

    October 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    its so devastating, i pray the lord be with them.

  8. Chydee

    October 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This is really serious.I pray God be with them,Chai Chai Chai ;(

  9. make them park well

    October 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Is it more than our own flood?

    • partyrider

      October 31, 2012 at 12:08 am

      what is your point exactly?

  10. Lizzy

    October 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I live in Pennsylvania and even though we are not as affected as New York and New Jersey, the hurricane/storm forced all businesses and schools to be closed for 2 days and probably until tomorrow. People are not allowed to go out because of trees that have fallen on the streets and power lines that could still charged. About 80 to 100 homes were on fire in Queens, NY. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/breezy-point-fire_n_2043071.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false . This is definitely a storm that will take months and probably years to fully recover from. We thank God, however, for those of use who safely survived the storm.

  11. eazy gee

    October 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    GOD PLS HAVE MACY

  12. Theodora

    October 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    God be with you all, jeezeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  13. ola

    October 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    all will be well to the great nations American…god bless Nigeria.

    http://www.gistyinka.com

  14. Dee-USA

    October 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I’m in direct path of the Hurricane. We lost power and some trees got felled, some cars have trees on them as we speak, but fortunately I am not affected as other parts. My car isn’t submerged like most parts of NY and northern Jersey. My power was restored this morning so it’s become the go-to place for friends who are still without power.

  15. Miss Bonnie

    October 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    oMG

  16. SisiEko

    October 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    SAD!! may the souls lost RIP. May the affected recover quick and regain all that is lost. Let us just have in mind that Jesus is coming soon, so get ready…The signs are obvious, who knows, this might be one of them. #okbye.

  17. Liz

    October 31, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I reside in Brooklyn New York. It is a devastating situation. The death toll has risen to 40 in the US. Over 2million people without power. Close to my house the transformer was almost exploding as the light keeps on blinking in my house. We experienced high wind gust of about 80-100 miles per hour. Overall we are so grateful to God for being alive because it was heart wrecking and scary. I came across Eniola Badmus (yoruba actress) on twitter. She was in NY and she twitted most of the time that she cant wait to get back to Nigeria, and she was unable to sleep because of her fear of the storm. Now everything is calm, except for the clean-up and back to normal business schedule. Schools are still closed, MTA subways, and some of the tunnels that are flooded. About 110 homes were tourched by fire in Breezy Point, Queens. Too much to talk about here. Am sure most of you know what happened.

  18. Loveth .O

    November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Oh Lord Have Mercy Pls

  19. sudhandhira kumar

    November 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    no problem all will b well soon we indians pray for americans.

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