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Airports and stock exchange reopen; NJ devastated

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 12:59pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has begun coming back to life today in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Across the river in New Jersey, fires still rage and National Guardsmen are working to rescue flood victims two days after the storm moved ashore.

The storm has been blamed for at least 59 deaths and has caused billions of dollars in damage. Close to 6.5 million homes and businesses remain without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey.

In the New York region, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports have reopened with limited service. Trading also resumed at the New York Stock Exchange, thanks to generator power.

The scale of the challenge can be seen in New Jersey, where National Guard troops arrived in Hoboken to deliver ready-to-eat meals and help evacuate thousands still stuck in their homes. President Barack Obama today will visit Atlantic City, with Gov. Chris Christie saying he plans to ask the president to assign the Army Corps of Engineers to work on how to restore beaches and better protect shoreline communities.

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149-a-03-(Kathy Zucker, Hoboken resident, in AP interview)-"everyone around here"-Hoboken resident Kathy Zucker says she can't believe the severity of the damage. (31 Oct 2012)

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147-a-13-(Staff Sgt. Wayne Woolley, spokesman, New Jersey National Guard, in AP interview)-"Island, Cape May"-Staff Sergeant Wayne Woolley says the Hoboken,N.J., rescue and relief effort is just a small part of what 2,000 National Guard members are doing all around the state. (31 Oct 2012)

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157-a-11-(Daniel Baker, CEO, FlighAware.com, in AP interview)-"soon as possible"-Daniel Baker of FlighAware says even though airports are reopening, travelers are still having problems with transportation to their destinations on the ground. (31 Oct 2012)

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153-w-38-(David Melendy, AP correspondent, with Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware.com)--The worst-hit airports are starting to reopen after more than 15,000 flights across the Northeast had to be canceled over the past two days because of superstorm Sandy. Here's the latest from the AP's David Melendy. (31 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Crews work to remove a damaged sign in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Philadelphia, pennsylvania, with SUPERSTORM lettering, finished graphic (31 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO NJCR111: On a National Guard truck, Ali LaPointe, of Hoboken, N.J., hands her daughter Eliza Skye LaPointe, 18-months-old, to Hoboken firefighters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Hoboken, N.J., in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Some residents are being plucked from their homes by large trucks as parts of the city are still covered in standing water. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (31 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NJCR112: Vihaan Gadodia, 2, is handed from a National Guard truck after he and his family left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Some residents are being plucked from their homes by large trucks as parts of the city are still covered in standing water. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (31 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJD126: Sand marks the floodwater line on the side of a house in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (30 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NJPS105: Lamar Stevens, bottom left, looks out at a boardwalk that was destroyed by superstorm Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (31 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NJPS108: A car is partially buried by sand that was washed ashore by superstorm Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (31 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYR101: This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an aerial view of the roller coaster from the Seaside Heights amusement park on the New Jersey shore submerged in surf, taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. By late Tuesday, the winds and flooding inflicted by the fast-weakening superstorm Sandy had subsided, leaving at least 55 people dead along the Atlantic Coast and splintering beachfront homes and boardwalks from the mid-Atlantic states to southern New England. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen) (30 Oct 2012)

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