FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Millions more in the
storm-ravaged Northeast woke up Friday morning to restored
electricity as the region slowly recovers from "superstorm"
But the U.S. death toll from the storm climbed to 92 by Friday
as more bodies were recovered from wrecked and flooded homes, the
Overall, 3.8 million people remain without power, down from a
peak of 8.5 million, the
Cities and towns hit hard by Sandy had begun to restore power
and transportation Wednesday and early Thursday. In New York City,
officials reopened the Stock Exchange after a two-day shutdown,
airports began to resume service and theater lights went on once
more. Partial service has been restored to New York City's subway
Sandy -- which started as a hurricane until being dubbed a
post-tropical cyclone Tuesday -- made landfall near Atlantic City,
N.J., Monday evening.
Millions have seen power restored to their homes, but the
APreported Friday that 1.3 million people across New York
State were without power. In New Jersey, more than 1.6 million
people are without electricity, as are 372,000 in Pennsylvania,
241,000 in Connecticut, more than 104,000 in West Virginia and just
under 89,000 in Ohio.
Heavy snowfall in states such as Kentucky, West Virginia and
Maryland are adding to power outages. In West Virginia, Governor
Earl Ray Tomblin requested a federal disaster declaration after
nearly three feet of snow fell in that state.
Eqecat, a company that predicts the costs of catastrophes for
insurance companies, said Sandy's economic damage could total $10
billion to $20 billion, the
For the millions still without power, preparation will have been
key, said one expert.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox
Hill Hospital in New York City, said it's important to have
stockpiles of prescription medicines, special medical supplies,
nonperishable foods -- baby formula and pet foods, too -- as well
as emergency essentials.
"Be prepared to be self-sufficient for one to five days without access to grocery stores," Glatter said.
Experts also advised that local authorities must be told about
any elderly, disabled or bedridden people who might need emergency
assistance. Find out where your community's emergency shelters
If you evacuate, Glatter said it's important to have a
ready-made kit or "go bag," including extra eyeglasses, sanitized
baby bottles and diapers. People with diabetes should keep extra
insulin on hand and a ready supply of snacks in case their sugar
levels drop, he said. Store insulin or any liquid antibiotics on
ice or cold packs during power failures, he suggested.
Patients who use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may need an alternative power
source during the storm. This includes a CPAP battery pack, he
To be on the safe side, assemble a one- to two-week supply of
prescription medications, Glatter said. And "stay connected -- have
a list of your doctors with their contact information."
Keep emergency phone numbers near every phone and in your
cellphone "contacts" list.
"Have coins and cash available, too," Glatter said.
In terms of hurricane supplies, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention suggested the following:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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