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U.S. East Coast ravaged by super-storm Sandy

  • Millions of people have been left to deal with the aftermath of Sandy as the storm heads north to Canada.

    Nearly 8 million homes are without power while transport across large swathes of the region remains severely disrupted. The death toll has climbed to at least 40.

    Sandy hit Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday evening with hurricane-force winds. It is the biggest storm to hit the United States in generations.

    In New York City, 18 people have been killed and the public transport system remains closed until further notice.

    All of New York's major airports are also shut due to flooded runways.

    Meanwhile, it is likely to be another two or three days before power is restored to most of the city.

    Sandy brought a record storm surge of almost 14 feet to central Manhattan, above the previous record of 10 feet during Hurricane Donna in 1960, according to the National Weather Service.

    The storm has also caused heavy snowfall over the Appalachian Mountains.

    It was expected to turn towards western New York state on Tuesday evening before moving into Canada.

    President Barack Obama has again suspended campaigning ahead of next week's presidential election in order to supervise the federal government’s response.

    His Republican rival Mitt Romney headed back on the campaign trail on Tuesday but converted a rally into a relief event in the swing state of Ohio.

    The cost of clearing up after the storm is likely to hit up to $30 to $40 billion.