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Super storm Sandy roars through tristate

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A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people.(John Minchillo) A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people.(John Minchillo)
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The effects of the superstorm that flooded parts of the city are lingering into Tuesday and likely will for much longer, with a large swath of the city out of power, subway and vehicle tunnels flooded, and the financial district closed for a second day.

Hurricane Sandy swept across the region and left a trail of flooding, fires and other damage in an event that was called the most significant moment for New York City since 9/11.

It was recategorized as a post-tropical cyclone as it hit land but that meant little to more than a million people who had to ride out the storm in the dark.

A large fire destroyed two dozen houses overnight in Queens' flooded Rockaway peninsula, though officials weren't immediately able to pin down the cause.

Several deaths were blamed on the storm as hurricane-force winds and a storm surge battered Long Island and the New York City area.

Major flooding is reported up and down the east coast. The water level at the Battery in Manhattan reached at least 13 feet. Sandy Hook, N.J., reported 13.3 feet. Kings Point, N.Y., reported 13.3 feet.

Seven subway tunnels in the East River and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel were flooded.

Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water.

Mass transit, schools and financial markets will remain closed across most of the region on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says a 58 mile an hour wind gust was measured at LaGuardia Airport.

The Category 1 storm was on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

Residents along lakes Michigan and Ontario are being cautioned about big waves. And more snow is likely in parts of the mid-Atlantic.

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The storm began its northwest turn towards the Eastern Seaboard just before 8 a.m., on Monday according to Meteorologist Nick Gregory.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's environmental protection chief, Louis Uccellini, called the projected storm surge "the worst-case scenario" for New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey.

States of emergency were declared in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all of the state's naval vessels to the New York City and Long Island area.

Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of the storm. The declaration allows local governments to get help from state resources and also suspends regulations that could slow down the response.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an evacuation of Zone A of the city, which includes areas likely to flood.  Residents can find out their street's Evacuation Zone.

The mayor also canceled all classes on Monday and Tuesday for New York City public schools.

The decision to cancel classes came after the MTA decided to suspend service on subways and buses.

"Suspending the largest transportation system in North America is a monumental effort," MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota said in a statement. 

When the MTA halted service during Hurricane Irene in August 2011 it was the first such weather-related shutdown in the agency's history.

In Westchester County, the Bronx River Parkway was shut down from end to end starting at 6 a.m. on Monday.

The Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in Lower Manhattan closed at 2 p.m. because of the potential of flooding.

Most bridges in the New York City area were closed.

In New Jersey, the Cape May County Emergency Management Office issued mandatory evacuation orders for the county's barrier islands.

First responders had to rescue hundreds of residents who did not heed calls to evacuate Atlantic City, according to reports. Later Gov. Chris Christie said he was "disappointed" that people and officials did not comply. He warned those people that search and rescue operations would end at sundown and that anyone left would have to hunker down and ride out the storm.

In all, the storm is linked to dozens of deaths across the Caribbean.

MyFoxNY.com/With the AP

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