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At least 13 US deaths blamed on Superstorm Sandy

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 1:51am  ET

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- At least 13 U.S. deaths are being blamed on Superstorm Sandy, which has knocked out power to an estimated 5.2 million people across the East.

Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street.

But for New York City, Sandy was not the dayslong onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan began dying down within hours. The full extent of the storm's damage across the region is unclear, and unlikely to be known until daybreak.

Heavy rain and further flooding remain major threats over the next couple of days as the storm makes its way into Pennsylvania and up into New York State. Near midnight, the center of the storm was just outside Philadelphia, and its winds were down to 75 mph, just barely hurricane strength.

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376-w-34-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg)--New York's mayor has issued a warning. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (29 Oct 2012)

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378-a-09-(Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I- New York, at news conference)-"the roads clear"-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging New Yorkers not to drive. (29 Oct 2012)

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372-a-08-(Governor Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., at news conference)-"to prevent it"-Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says now's not the time to point fingers at people who didn't evacuate low-lying areas when they were told to do so. (29 Oct 2012)

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368-s-29-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--The huge eastern storm has left large parts of the region in the dark. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (29 Oct 2012)

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371-a-08-(Governor Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., at news conference)-"a higher level"-Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says residents who didn't evacuate low-lying areas and now find themselves in a flooded house should stay put. (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYPM103: Cars pass through a darkened neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJF202: Sailboats rock in choppy water at a dock along the Hudson River Greenway during a storm, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Furticella) (29 Oct 2012)

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