NEW YORK (AP) -- It could be days before people in much of the Northeast can see their lives start to return to normal, in the aftermath of a storm that has left at least 39 people dead.
More than 8.2 million people across the East are without power. New York City was especially hard hit, its subways shut down and much of Manhattan left without power.
And it's not over yet. The storm that resulted when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other storm systems has been moving westward today across Pennsylvania with winds of 45 miles an hour. It's expected to make a turn into New York State tonight.
Although it is getting weaker as it goes, forecasters still expect it to bring heavy rain and flooding.
In one measure of the storm's size and power, waves on southern Lake Michigan have risen above 20 feet, tying a record. High winds spinning off the edges of the storm clobbered the Cleveland area early today, uprooting trees and cutting power to hundreds of thousands.
Sandy brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and neighboring states, with more than 2 feet of snow expected in some places.
221-a-09-(Paul Croft Junior, foreman, PennLine utility crew, in AP interview)-"we enjoy it"-PennLine Utility Crew Foreman Paul Croft Junior says storm repairs are a challenge. ((cut used in wrap)) (30 Oct 2012)
194-a-10-(New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at news conference)-"to come in"-Mayor Michael Bloomberg this storm was fatal. (30 Oct 2012)
197-a-09-(New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at news conference)-"stored also flooded"-Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it could take four to five days before subway service is restored. (30 Oct 2012)
170-c-09-(John Raby (RAY'-bee), AP correspondent)-"is still falling"-AP correspondent John Raby reports what was once Hurricane Sandy is producing some arctic-like snowy conditions in West Virginia. (30 Oct 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: Crews work to clean up power lines downed by superstorm Sandy, Milton, New Hampshire, on texture, partial graphic (30 Oct 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: Flood waters block the West Street entrance to the Battery Park Underpass after superstorm Sandy, New York City, on texture, partial graphic (30 Oct 2012)
APPHOTO ILMG103: Onlookers take photos as strong waves created by superstorm Sandy crash against the Lake Michigan waterfront, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, on the south side of Chicago. Strong winds from the outer edge of superstorm Sandy are ripping up near-record high waves on Lake Michigan. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (30 Oct 2012)
APPHOTO NYMG105: Christian Codorniu carries gas containers to fill for a home generator in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. Sandy arrived along the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing a number of deaths. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (30 Oct 2012)
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