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Sandy Cuts Power to More Than 8 Million in U.S. Northeast

Record flooding knocked out power to more than 8 million people in the U.S. Northeast, shutting down public transportation and paralyzing Manhattan’s financial district as remnants of super storm Sandy churned west.

The storm, which made landfall in southern New Jersey late yesterday, cut power to more than 2 million New Yorkers as it submerged parts of downtown New York City, blowing transformers and tearing down power lines. Public officials and utilities from South Carolina to Maine and as far west as Michigan and Indiana pleaded for patience as power crews assessed damage from the storm’s high winds, rains and record tides.