New Yorkers took their first tentative steps Wednesday to regain their lives in the stressful aftermath of super storm Sandy despite continuing power outages, a snarled transportation system and the shock of floods and fire.
But in parts of New Jersey, across the Hudson River, the new day revealed the extent of devastation. Serious flooding inundated the area around Hoboken, where emergency evacuations continued. Along the Jersey Shore and barrier islands, crown jewels of the state's important tourist injury, entire neighborhoods were crushed, flooded and swamped with mountains of sand.
President Obama, off the campaign trail for the third day to deal with storm-related issues, will tour the devastated areas with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
While a wide swath of the nation assessed the damage as emergency supplies and crews poured into hard-hit areas, the storm once known as Hurricane Sandy continued to weaken in Pennsylvania with “no discernible surface circulation,” the National Weather Service reported.
Sandy has become a trough of low pressure, but strong winds were still possible over the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast and there remained a danger of more flooding, the weather service said.