GROUND ZERO Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site where the World Trade Center Twin Towers used to stand in New York City on Monday. Superstorm “Sandy” forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing. AP
NEW YORK—As Superstorm “Sandy” churned slowly inland, millions along the US East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were eerily quiet. At least 23 people were killed in seven states.
The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with hurricane force cut power to at least 7.4 million across the East and put the presidential campaign on hold just one week before Election Day.
New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart closed for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. The storm caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of New York’s subway system, and there was no indication of when the largest US transit system would be rolling again.