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Superstorm death toll at 16

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 6:51am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- At least 16 U.S. deaths are now being blamed on the superstorm that's pummeling the East Coast.

One person died after a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie "Mutiny on the Bounty," went down in the storm off North Carolina. Fourteen other crew members were rescued by helicopter Monday. The ship's captain is still missing.

In New York City, Superstorm Sandy flooded tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. Stock trading will be closed for a second day today.

In the borough of Queens, a fire in a flooded neighborhood has destroyed at least 50 homes.

An estimated 6.2 million homes and businesses across the East are without power.

Heavy rain and further flooding remain major threats for the next couple of days as Sandy makes its way into Pennsylvania and up into New York State.

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125-a-08-(Mark Durbin, spokesman, First Energy, in AP interview)-"complicating for us"-First Energy spokesman Mark Durbin says the scale of damage is going to make restoring power quickly difficult. (30 Oct 2012)

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124-a-12-(Mark Durbin, spokesman, First Energy, in AP interview)-"to do that"-First Energy spokesman Mark Durbin says getting help in restoring power may be difficult for power companies in the East. (30 Oct 2012)

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122-a-15-(Mark Durbin, spokesman, First Energy, in AP interview)-"also got hit"-First Energy spokesman Mark Durbin says his utility is dealing with a huge amount of outages from the storm. (30 Oct 2012)

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123-a-13-(Mark Durbin, spokesman, First Energy, in AP interview)-"taken care of"-First Energy spokesman Mark Durbin says it may be several days before power is restored. (30 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJF103: Chad Meyers, an emergency room physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, walks down First Avenue near East 23rd Street after the facility experienced flooding and switched to emergency backup power early Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. For New York City, Sandy was not the dayslong onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides began dying down within hours. Still, the power was out for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and an estimated 6.2 million people altogether across the East. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Furticella) (30 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYR103: This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members by helicopter. Hours later, rescuers found one of the missing crew members, but she was unresponsive. They are still searching for the captain. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski) (29 Oct 2012)

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