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As superstorm Sandy continues to wreak its deadly destruction over the Northeast, here are the latest developments, by the numbers:
• 16: number of reported deaths caused by the storm in the U.S.
• 68: number of lives claimed outside the U.S., including 51 in Haiti
• 50 million: people who could be affected by the storm
• 1 million: people ordered to evacuate homes
• 375,000: people evacuated from Lower Manhattan and other areas as the Hudson and East rivers started to overflow
• 10,000: calls per half hour received by N.Y.C's 911 system on Monday night
• 50: number of homes burned to the ground in the six-alarm fire in Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y. Two hundred firefighters were on the scene to fight the blaze
• Between 14 hours and 4 days: the time it will take the MTA to get the water out of the subway tunnels in N.Y.C.
• 7: N.Y. subway lines flooded
• 7 to 10 days: the time it may take to restore power in certain areas, according to PSE&G
• 8.9 million: customers without power across 13 states and the District of Columbia, including about 2 million people in N.Y. and 2.7 million in N.J.
• 13.7 feet: record storm surge that swept into Lower Manhattan
• 90: mile per hour winds west of Philadelphia
• 7 feet: the flood level at which the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Toms River, N.J. will lose the ability to cool its spent fuel pool. The water level is currently more than six feet above normal
• 4 to 6 feet: the amount of water inundating three towns after levee breaks in northern New Jersey. The affected towns are Moonachie, Little Ferrie and Carlstadt. Thousands may need to be rescued
• 3 feet: amount of snow expected to fall in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky
• 14,000: flights cancelled
• Between $10 and 20 billion: estimated economic losses from Sandy
→Watch some spectacular photos on the Washington Post website.
Despite the power shortages, NYC was still tweeting like no tomorrow last night. Here are the five best Instagram images from a flooded Manhattan:
34th and 1st underwater. Courtesy of @Pelukinho via Twitter
Avenue C and 14th Street. Courtesy of @megetz via Twitter
Lights out in Manhattan. Courtesy of @kimashton via Twitter
Blackout in the East Village. Courtesy of @foto8 via Twitter
Avenue C. Courtesy of @iyabo_iyabo via Twitter