As the US presidential elections draw nearer,the stakes are high for incumbent Barack Obama.Superstorm Sandy has come at a time when the elections are just around the corner,but many say it will give Obama more popularity as he trys to solve the problems of Americans whoes homes have been destroyed.
President Obama has said that now is the time to look for ways to help the homeless after the sandy’s ugly face disaster.
Editor’s note: The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy focused on a search for the missing and restoration of power on Thursday. The storm’s overall death toll stood at 150, including at least 81 people in the United States, two in Canada and 67 in the Caribbean.
Lower and Midtown Manhattan should have power back by Saturday, and “the vast majority” of those who lost power should have it back by November 11, Con Edison said Thursday. It could take a week or more after that for everyone to have power back, the utility said.
More than 36,000 people have signed up for help from FEMA, and that’s only the beginning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday in New York.
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro confirms the bodies of two young boys who had been swept away from their mother during Hurricane Sandy were recovered Thursday morning, “maybe a block or two from where (their mother) lost them.”
“They drained the swamp with pumps. They went in on foot and they found them,” Molinaro said, adding that the parents were there when searchers discovered the boys.
Additionally, two senior citizens who were missing were both found dead Thursday morning as well.
The number of dead on Staten Island now stands at 19, according to Molinaro.
The U.S. Air Force is flying 69 Southern California Edison vehicles to New York today to help make repair to power lines damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The airlift will be made using five giant C-5 Galaxy transports, the largest aircraft in the U.S. military fleet, as well as 12 C-17s in the move.
The U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy has risen to at least 81. The new number comes after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced 37 deaths in the city are blamed on the storm, and Connecticut officials told CNN four deaths are blamed on the storm. Two deaths have been reported in Canada and 67 in the Caribbean, bringing the total to 150.
Homeowners in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will save thousands of dollars in insurance costs after several state governors declared that Sandy did not make landfall as a hurricane, exempting them from insurers’ hurricane deductibles. Read the full CNNMoney report.
The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, is asking residents to shut off appliances and lights to avoid a surge as electrical power is restored to the city.