Pictures: Hurricane Sandy Destruction, 57 Dead, $20 Billion in Damage


Hurricane Sandy has left at least 57 people dead along the Atlantic Coast, as of Wednesday, and destroyed homes from the mid-Atlantic states to southern New England (pictures below).

As of Wednesday, about 6.5 million homes and businesses were still without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey, reports

IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, says that Hurricane Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages as well as $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, reports the Daily Mail.

Hurricane Sandy overflowed New York City's waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels.

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that effective Thursday morning there will be restrictions on cars entering Manhattan, reports CBS New York.

Bloomberg said: “I have ordered the four East River bridges be restricted to high-occupancy vehicles coming into Manhattan, meaning three or more people per vehicle, all day Thursday and all day Friday from 6 a.m. to midnight."

“I think anybody that tried to drive around New York City today realized there are a lot of cars on the road; traffic is heavy. To reduce the number of cars coming into Manhattan we have to take some steps because the streets just cannot handle the numbers of cars that have tried to come in.”

Besides traffic problems, sewage, bacteria and gasoline was found in New York City floodwater, according to ABC News.

ABC News medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater in Lower Manhattan that tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform.

Besser said: “Very dangerous. Make sure you wear protective gear if you are coming into contact with flood water.”

Also dangerous, were looters that hit Coney Island right after Hurricane Sandy, reports the NY Daily News.

Witness Aisha John told the NY Daily News: "People were running in and out of Rent-A-Center carrying these big flat screens. They were holding on tight. I couldn't understand how someone could steal a big TV in broad daylight, but no one cared.”

A young man, who claimed he stole a TV at the Rent-A-Center, said: "Look, they've been looting our wallets for too long."

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