Storm Killed in Many Ways

Tragic stories emerge in Sandy's aftermath

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 1:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – The North American death toll from Sandy has risen above 40 and the superstorm claimed lives in a chilling variety of ways, the New York Times finds. Most victims were killed by falling trees, including numerous people who were crushed as they sheltered inside their homes and an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was hit by a tree as he checked on the family's calves, but there were also drownings, car accidents, and at least one death caused by a fallen power line.

A 75-year-old woman on a respirator died after the power blinked off, and one man died after floodwaters swept him out of his house and through a store's glass window. In Toronto, a woman was killed by metal debris from a sign that flew off a Staples store. Some storm deaths are still unexplained, including those of a parking lot attendant found dead in a subterranean garage in Manhattan and a woman whose body washed up on a Long Island beach.

Trees lie fallen across parked cars in Brooklyn.
Trees lie fallen across parked cars in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A firefighter leaves a destroyed home in Pasadena, Md., where the homeowner was killed  when a tree fell on his home during superstorm Sandy.
A firefighter leaves a destroyed home in Pasadena, Md., where the homeowner was killed when a tree fell on his home during superstorm Sandy.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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