Guns, Robbery, More Death: Sandy's Woes Mount

Toll rises to at least 90 in wake of superstorm
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:32 AM CDT
Updated Nov 2, 2012 7:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – More sobering news on the superstorm Sandy front, from continuing power woes to rising death tolls to major frustration over gas shortages. The latest:

  • Officials yesterday reported that the death toll has jumped to at least 90, reports the Wall Street Journal. The AP puts faces to that number, recounting the tragedy to hit one Staten Island family: 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Connor Moore were swept from their mother's arms into swirling floodwaters on Monday as she tried to free them from their stalled SUV. The boys' bodies were discovered yesterday.

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  • Millions are still without power (1.6 million customers in New Jersey alone), and that's spawning a fresh tragedy, reports the Star-Ledger: carbon monoxide deaths. At least five people have died in New Jersey, having been poisoned by fumes from their gas- or diesel-powered generator.
  • With gas lines hours long in some places, tempers are flaring. Case in point: a 35-year-old who tried to cut in line at a Queens gas station allegedly responded to a complaining motorist by pulling a gun on him, reports the AP. Sean Bailey faces 15 years in jail.
  • That's not the only alleged crime to occur: The Times of Trenton reports on home invasions that have hit Hamilton, NJ, where men imitating township workers have forced their way into at least two homes with claims to be checking on the water; cash and jewelry were taken.
  • Those looking to get out of New Jersey won't find it an easy task. New Jersey Transit service that was scheduled to start on three lines today has been suspended after a backup generator failed, the AP reports.
  • Meanwhile, more bad weather looks to be on the way.
(Read more New Jersey stories.)

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