Power Outages May Last Days

    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: A police officer helps to remove a tree branch brought down by Hurricane Sandy from a car on  October 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. US President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City, with wide spread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city.

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    Get used to it. Power companies warned that East Coast outages could last more than a week for the estimated 2.6 million currently without electricity. Despite thousands of crews working on restoration, flooding, damage, and strong winds are slowing the efforts. Traffic lights are out in several cities and downed lines pose a danger. More bad news: no power hampers the work to get the subway system running again. Power companies will get electricity to hospitals and important locations first.

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