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Sandy Slams East Coast, Millions Left in DarkSubmitted: 10/30/2012
Story By WJFW News Team, NBC


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The pictures, video, sound; everything we're seeing and hearing from the East Coast today makes us glad we're not there and feel sorrow for those affected.

"Unthinkable devastation" is how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes the situation in his state.

The New Jersey coast took a direct hit from Superstorm Sandy as it made landfall yesterday.

"We know there are many people who own homes who we've evacuated who are going to want to get back on to the island to access the damage to their homes," Gov. Christie said. "We are nowhere near being able to let you back on to the island."

President Obama issued a federal emergency decree after declaring a major disaster. He will tour the state tomorrow.

In New York City, things weren't much better in Manhattan at the New York Stock Exchange. It was closed for the second straight day. That's the first time since 1888.

In the rust-belt, it was snow wreaking havoc. Snow in Elkins, West Virginia is being measured in feet, not inches. The entire city lost power, crews might not have it back on for several days.

The Vice President weighed in on state's responses.

"We had a conference call with the governors of all the affected states," Vice President Biden said. "And the thing that impressed me most about that is that governors who were affected some effected some, like the governor of NC Maryland, Connecticut were offering... and Vermont... were offering New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania any assistance that they could get to divert resources to them. So, all the focus now is about getting power restored as quickly as possible."

The Vice President thanked the federal disaster relief body FEMA for its work so far.

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