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Sandy's death toll climbs

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 1:21pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 33 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees.

At least 7.4 million people are without power.

New York City is virtually cut off by air, rail and road. Its subways are shut down, after suffering what officials say was the worst damage in the system's history. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater into low-lying streets. Most of the city's major tunnels and bridges are closed, as are the three major airports.

A huge fire destroyed as many as 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens early today.

The full extent of the damage in New Jersey still isn't known. Police and fire officials have been trying to rescue hundreds of stranded people. Two neighboring communities were suddenly inundated by as much as five feet of water this morning.

Gov. Chris Christie says the damage along the Jersey Shore is "some of the worst we've ever seen." He says the cost of the storm is "incalculable."

The storm put the White House campaign on hold just a week before Election Day. President Barack Obama has canceled a third straight day of campaigning, scratching the events scheduled for tomorrow in Ohio.

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179-q-10-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., at news conference)-"a long time"-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was asked if he can provide an estimate for when many homes will get their power back. (30 Oct 2012)

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173-w-34-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Nana Visitor, lower Manhattan resident)--New Yorkers in lower Manhattan awoke to shocking damage from the storm. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports.((opens with sound)) (30 Oct 2012)

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177-r-29-(Sound of workers pumping water, from the entrance to the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan)--Sound of workers pumping water from the entrance to the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan. (30 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Homes destroyed by fire after being flooded by superstorm Sandy, Breezy Point, Queens, New York, on texture, partial graphic (30 Oct 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Vehicles submerged in flood waters from tropical storm Sandy, 14th street, New York City, on texture, with lettering, SUPERSTORM SANDY, finished graphic (30 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO DCSA102: With the Capitol in the background, a large fallen oak tree lies on the National Mall near the Smithsonian in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy passed through Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (30 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO VASH103: Glenn Heartley works on his car in a creek in Chincoteague, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Heartley and his wife were swept off the road into a shallow creek when superstorm Sandy struck the area Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (1 Jan 2000)

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APPHOTO NYCS207: A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) (30 Oct 2012)

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