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People who did have power took to social media to offer help to neighbors.

"I have power and hot water. If anyone needs a shower or to charge some gadgets or just wants to bask in the beauty of artificial light, hit me up," Rob Hart of Staten Island posted on Facebook.

At a glance

Superstorm Sandy’s extremes, by the numbers

Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Wednesday afternoon:

Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across

Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.

Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17

Deaths: At least 62

Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters

Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.

Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million

Canceled airline flights: More than 19,000

Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.

Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.

Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, AP reporting

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A respected New York steakhouse in the blackout zone, Old Homestead, realized its meat was going to go bad and decided to grill what was left and sell steaks on the sidewalk for $10. A center-cut sirloin usually goes for $47.

Simon Massey and his 9-year-old son, Henry, took one last walk near their powerless apartment in downtown Manhattan before decamping to a friend’s place in Brooklyn where the electricity worked.

"We’re jumping ship," he said. "We gorged on eggs and sausage this morning before everything goes bad. We don’t want to spend another three or four days here."

They live on the 10th floor of a 32-floor building, where they were flushing the toilet with water from their filled tub and cooking on their gas stove. They found their way down the stairs with glowsticks and flashlights, and rationed iPad and phone use.

"I’m feeling scared," said Henry, who was home from third grade for a third straight day. "It just feels really, really weird. New York’s not supposed to be this quiet."

Associated Press writers Meghan Barr, Verena Dobnik, Eileen AJ Connelly and Karen Matthews contributed to this report.


A state-by-state look at the East Coast superstorm

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 62 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT

Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 483,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE

Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Power outages: nearly 2,600, down from more than 45,000.

ILLINOIS

High waves and flooding are possible on the Lake Michigan shore on Wednesday in Chicago.

KENTUCKY

As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE

Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remained dangerous with high winds. Power outages: 11,000, down from more than 90,000.

MARYLAND

Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 2. Power outages: Nearly 103,000, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS

Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn’t worse. Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 83,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN

Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes was at a standstill because of waves of up to 20 feet. Power outages: 35,000, down from 154,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

A construction worker checking on a job site in Lincoln was killed in a landslide. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 70,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY

The governor signed an executive order postponing Halloween until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK

Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Schools closed. Security concerns abound at night in areas without power but the city is promising vigilance. Utilities say it could be days before power is fully restored there and on Long Island. Deaths: 30, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA

The search continued off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina saw continued snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: Fewer than 400, down from 126,000.

OHIO

High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 160,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA

The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 9. Power outages: 800,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND

Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities. Power outages: About 48,000, down from more than 122,000.

TENNESSEE

A route across the Smoky Mountains closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT

Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA

Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 29,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems planned to resume full service. Power outages: about 200, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA

Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County — an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes — collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Deaths: 5. Power outages: 224,000, down from about 271,000.

WISCONSIN

Dangerously high waves and flooding were expected along Lake Michigan.



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