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article imageEarly winter storm to threaten hurricane victims

By Garry Malloy     Nov 5, 2012 in World
New York - Around 1.7 million homes remain without power and 40,000 New York City residents are homeless as an early winter storm threatens the hurricane-ravaged northeast U.S. coast with freezing temperatures, rain, snow, and strong winds in the week ahead.
Forty thousand New York City residents remain homeless and are in urgent need of temporary housing. About half of those are expected to remain homeless for weeks or months, reports The Observer.
Adding to the hardship and devastation, warns freezing temperatures and an early season winter storm, a nor'easter, is expected to hit New York and New Jersey Wednesday and Thursday. Strong north-easterly winds, rain, snow, and coastal erosion is expected. Structures or trees that have already been compromised will be vulnerable to further damage, warns the weather service.
"People are in homes that are uninhabitable and it's going to become increasingly clear that they are uninhabitable when the temperature drops," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Then we're going to have tens of thousands of people that are going to need housing right away."
One million households in New Jersey and 730,000 in New York are still without power as of Sunday evening, reports Reuters.
At its peak, hurricane Sandy reached 1000 miles across (1600 kilometers) and knocked out power to 8.5 million households and businesses. Sandy is expected to be the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, with damages estimated to be as high as $50 billion USD. The death toll currently stands at 113 and is expected to rise as more bodies are discovered and cold temperatures continue throughout the week.
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