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Thursday, November 1, 2012

HURRICANE | After Hurricane 'Sandy' New York begins to return to normal while damage is assessed


The city of New York whipped by the state of New Jersey for the Hurricane 'Sandy' , begins to slowly regain normalcy on Wednesday, two days after the passage of 'superstorm'. Thus, JFK and Newark international airports , which remained closed since Monday, its operations have partially reopened to allow the landing and takeoff of aircraft. however, the service at JFK is very limited, according to France Presse has stated a spokesman for the airport. A sign that confirms the beginning of the return to normal is that the NYSE also begins to work on Wednesday . Will the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, in charge of ringing the bell to mark the opening of markets. The stock market has been closed since Monday and has been able to reopen because the building housing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the famous operating room were not damaged by the passage of 'Sandy' and the emergency generators powering followed.

Slow return to normal

However, the return to normal absolute seems still distant. In fact, in New York schools are closed, tunnels and highways except Lincoln. In Manhattan, pesonas half million are still without power. According to preliminary estimates, 'Sandy' has caused damage by 20,000 million (15,400 million euros) as it passes through the eastern United States. The figure could even be higher when calculating the loss of income by companies registered in the region east of the country after the suspension of its activities for two days. To this should be added the financial cost of flight cancellations.Specifically, since the beginning of the storm, the hurricane has grounded about 18,000 flights to or from the U.S. east coast.

Fatalities

The most affected states are New Jersey and New York, where many streets, buildings and power supply facilities were damaged. As for the number of fatalities, there is still no exact figure. 'The New York Times reports today that the cyclone may have killed fifty persons. Tan only in the city of New York there have been 22 deaths however, lowers the total death toll to 33 .

Looting in Brooklyn and Queens

The police reported otherwise of looting in many parts of the city of skyscrapers after the cyclone. The agents arrested 13 people in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, according to the website of the 'Wall Street Journal'. The arrests occurred in areas heavily affected by the floods, where police stations were evacuated. For the fear of crime some small towns in Virginia and New Jersey imposed curfews .

Obama visit

Just today, the U.S. president, Barack Obama , is scheduled to visit the state of New Jersey, which has become ground zero of the cyclone 'Sandy' on Monday after he leave a trail of death and destruction in its path by the East Coast. The U.S. president will meet this afternoon with victims by the "superstorm" and inspect the damage in the impacted areas along with the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, announced Tuesday the White House. Obama also thanked for emergency teams "who risk their lives to protect their communities, "the White House said. Christie, a staunch critic of the president who just a month ago advised him to climb on a plane and go back to Chicago, his adopted hometown, on Tuesday praised his administration's response to the storm in New Jersey only left about 2 , 4 million people without power and extensive damage to the tourism industry. "The level of devastation on the coast of (New) Jersey is unthinkable," Christie said, describing the images of destruction caused by 'Sandy'.

Election campaign on hold

Obama, who canceled campaign events in three consecutive days , including a trip planned for today to key state of Ohio, will visit New Jersey to six days of the general elections of November 6. The campaign of Republican rival Mitt Romney, has not said whether he plans to visit the areas hit by 'Sandy'.

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