Sandy Storms Across Much of Eastern US
For a lot of kids in much of the country, Halloween trick-or-treating is on hold until next week.
The reason: Hurricane Sandy.
“I’m upset,” said 12-year-old Piper Eccles of Maplewood, New Jersey, in an interview with Reuters news service. “It’s just not the same as on Halloween.”
Like it or not, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially postponed trick-or-treating in his state until Monday.
And many communities in other states have postponed the holiday as well, for good reason.
Sandy is likely to go down as one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history.
And for a lot of people, now is not a time to celebrate.
Sandy stormed ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey, Monday evening, destroying homes and businesses, knocking down trees and power lines and killing at least 82 people in the United States and Canada as of Thursday morning, according to Reuters news service.
The hurricane also killed at least 71 more people in the Caribbean region — before it hit the U.S. mainland — according to the Associated Press (AP).
The New York City area and the state of New Jersey took the hardest hits from Sandy once it came ashore.
The victims there include 13-year-old Angela Dresch, who lived on New York’s Staten Island.
“She was a really nice girl,” said Christian Palumbo, a former classmate of Angela’s at Totten Intermediate School, in an interview with the Staten Island Advance newspaper. “One of the nicest girls you could meet.”
After it came ashore, Sandy transformed itself into a wicked winter storm.
It dumped snow as far south as the Carolinas and Tennessee and as far north as Michigan.
Nearly three feet of snow fell in some communities in the Appalachian Mountains.
“We always get snow,” said Bill Murphy, a Garrett County, Maryland, resident, in an interview with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV station KDKA. “But this is crazy.”
Millions of people in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic states, the Appalachians and even parts of the Midwest lost their electricity because of Sandy’s winds and flooding.
Some might not get their power back for a week or more.
Those dangerous downed power lines are one reason why many communities decided to postpone trick-or-treating.
But some kids went out anyway on Wednesday, despite the storm.
“There’s no water in our house,” said 9-year-old Shiyin Ge, speaking to an AP reporter while trick-or-treating in New York City.
President Obama visited New Jersey on Wednesday.
He promised that the federal government would help Sandy’s victims rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives.
“We’re going to be here for the long haul,” Mister Obama told reporters during a stop in Brigantine, New Jersey.
The nation’s largest school system — the New York City public schools — has been shut down all week because of Sandy.
So have many other schools in areas where Sandy did damage.
Classes might resume on Monday — just in time for the rescheduled Halloween in many communities.
Samantha Bertolino planned to dress up as a vampire this year.
And she wasn’t happy about not being able to go trick-or-treating on Wednesday.
“It’s kind of like trying to reschedule Christmas,” said Samantha, a seventh-grader from Ridgefield, Connecticut, in an interview with CBS News. “You can’t really do that.”