Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tanker washed up, homes razed to the ground and flooded streets littered with cars: Obama declares a 'major disaster' after Sandy turns New York into apocalyptic scene and death toll jumps to 33

President Obama 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. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in the city and the transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels. Ten people died in New York, including two children who were killed instantly by a falling tree - across the US and Canada at least 33 people have died.