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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Obama declares 'major disaster' in New York as 17 people die in Superstorm Sandy and swathes of the city wake up under water

*Storm damage projected at $20bn // Sandy kills at least 17 people in US and Canada - including five deaths in New York

*President Barack Obama has declared a 'major disaster' in New York and Long Island

*At least 7.4m properties across US East have lost power // New York City could be without power for a week

*NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'We knew this was going to be very dangerous. This is a once-in-a-long-time storm'

*Bloomberg says city's 911 dispatchers are receiving 20,000 calls per hour and area without power is south of 34th St

*Mass transit system, schools, stock exchange and Broadway shut, as water overflows NYC's historic waterfront

*Record 13ft storm surge threatening lower Manhattan and howling winds left crane hanging from high-rise building

*Over 10,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe grounded due to Superstorm Sandy

*NYU Hospital loses backup power and evacuates patients // 19 workers trapped in Consolidated Edison power station

*More than 170 firefighters battled blaze destroying more than 50 homes in Breezy Point // Nuclear power plant on alert

*Water level in Manhattan lowest since 1821 // Levee has broken in northern New Jersey, flooding three towns

*Stock trading will be closed in the US again for a second day running - last time it was closed for two days was 1888

*Firefighters save 70 people trapped in Queens burning houses // Electrical explosion at power plant caught on camera

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