Hurricane Sandy claims lives, knocks out power to millions

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic coast Monday evening, leaving roughly 6 million in the region without power. The Associated Press is also reporting the storm is responsible for 17 fatalities in seven states, making it one of the deadliest for the area in the last decade.

In anticipation of the superstorm utilities throughout the region preemptively shut down down stations, shored up emergency personnel and issued warnings to customers to prepare for the possibility of extended outages.

Despite all preparations extensive wind damage and flooding have hit the region’s power infrastructure hard, with some areas anticipated to be without electricity for upwards of a week.

Utilities are reporting restoration efforts are in full swing and will begin with assessments and testing to ensure safe reconnections can commence.

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