A WBOC NewsWatcher submitted this photo of Route 12 entering Snow HIll, Md., Oct. 30, 2012. The Pocomoke River overflowed because of the storm.
(AP/WBOC)- The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.6 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing at least 34 deaths in the U.S. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state, starting with the states that make up Delmarva:
Nearly all residents of flood-prone coastal communities in Kent County heeded calls to evacuate. The Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach resort communities were flooded. The dunes of many beaches were damaged or destroyed. Dozens of roads in all three counties remain closed due to high water. On Tuesday morning, Gov. Jack Markell lifted the Level 2 Driving Restriction and instituted a Level 1 Driving Warning, although motorists were advised to exercise caution. Power outages: More than 45,000.
Floodwaters swamped the resort town of Ocean City. The town's famous fishing pier experienced significant damaged. In Somerset County, the bayside city of Crisfield experienced significant flooding and emergency crews evacuated hundreds of residents to higher ground. In western Maryland, snow tied up traffic. Two people were killed, including a man who died when a tree fell on a house in Pasadena. Power outages: 290,000.
Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. A curfew was ordered Monday on Chincoteague Island. Residents and visitors were asked to stay off the roads for their own safety and to allow crews to remove downed trees and power lines. He said one resident suffered a minor injury during the storm.Many of Chincoteague's streets and roads were covered by water at the height of Sandy's battering Monday. About 3,500 islanders waited out the storm in their homes. Chincoteague officials said Hurricane Sandy was one of the worst storms the island has ever experienced. Elsewhere in Virginia, two people died in storm-related traffic accidents. Power outages: More than 131,000.
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue expanded a state of emergency to western North Carolina, which could see a foot of snow. A woman who was pulled from the Atlantic after abandoning a tall ship died. Power outages: 6,600.
The Long Island Sound flooded roads as the storm toppled trees and power lines Two people died, including an Easton firefighter who was killed when a tree fell on his truck. Power outages: More than 615,000.
High wind warnings and a lakeshore flood warning are in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago. City officials said Lake Shore Drive is expected to remain open.
A winter storm warning is in effect for three southeastern counties until Wednesday. In some areas, winds could gust up to 50 mph through Tuesday.
Wind gusts topped 60 mph, shutting down the port of Portland and knocking out power to homes and businesses. Power outages: More than 86,000.
Strong winds and heavy surf led to mandatory evacuations in sections of coastal Dartmouth and Fall River and voluntary evacuations in other coastal communities. Power outages: About 290,000.
High winds knocked out power to about 79,000 homes and businesses.
Politicians canceled visits to the presidential swing state on Monday. Power outages: 183,000.
The center of the storm came ashore Monday evening near Atlantic City, which was cut off from the mainland by the storm surge along with other barrier islands, stranding residents who ignored warnings to evacuate. A tidal surge sent water into the streets of two northern New Jersey towns, setting off a frantic rescue effort. At least three deaths were reported. Power outages: More than 2.3 million.
A record storm surge that was higher than predicted along with high winds damaged the electrical system and plunged millions of people into darkness. Utilities say it could be up to a week before power is fully restored. A fire burned 50 houses in one flooded section of Queens. There were 17 storm-related deaths, 10 of them in New York City. Power outages: More than 1.8 million.
The Cleveland area and northeast Ohio were being slammed with rain and high winds. Snow was reported in some parts south of Cleveland and south of Columbus. Power outages: More than 250,000.
Wind and flooding closing more than 200 bridges and roads. Four people died, including an 8-year-old boy who was killed when a tree limb fell on him. Power outages: 1.2 million.
Howling winds and storm surges forced mandatory and voluntary evacuations in low-lying and coastal communities. Providence's hurricane barrier performed well in one of its biggest tests. Power outages: 115,000.
Snow expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds expected in many areas.
Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed. Power outages: More than 10,000.
Federal and local governments will remain closed Tuesday along with the courts, public schools and the Metro system that serves 1.2 million weekday customers. Power outages: 25,000.
Some areas are buried under more than a foot of snow. A woman was killed in a traffic crash. Power outages: More than 128,000.
A village along Lake Michigan suggested residents evacuate Tuesday morning because of the possibility of dangerously high waves and flooding.
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