Massive power outages, torrential rains, public transit halted, widespread flooding and to date, over three dozen people killed… all can be attributed to Hurricane Sandy and the winter weather system the hurricane collided with to create one of the nation’s most powerful and destructive weather systems.
As what’s being now called “Superstorm Sandy” steamed inland Monday, the system delivered punishing wind and rain. According to reports, as a result of the weather system, the U.S. death toll climbed to 33 with many of the victims killed by falling trees.
Area GameStop stores canceled their midnight launches of Ubisoft’s historical action sequel while New York City revoked all film permits for Monday and Tuesday because of the storm and associated safety measures officials were taken.
Several noted television shows had production halted including: “Elementary,” “Gossip Girl,” “Person of Interest,” “Smash,” “666 Park Avenue”, “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”.
In addition to halted television production,more than four dozen Broadway theaters are expected to remain darkened with no shows performed through Tuesday.
While network television stations devoted just about all of the air time they were given to coverage of the superstorm, many movie theaters remained closed Monday night.
Concerts and events were also canceled. Performers such as John Legend and comedian Louis C.K. canceled performances in New York.
Several communities remained under water Tuesday with clean up efforts and power restoration expected to last the better part of this week and well into next week.
So what encouraging words can you give to residents on the East Coast as they endure the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy? Check out coverage of the weather system from a CBS Reporter below.
Cicely C. Mitchell/ Mix 96.5– Houston