Storm-related death toll in northeast U.S. exceeds 30
The total storm-related death toll in the state of New York is 17. Three people were killed in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey.
One of the reactors at the Salem 1 nuclear power plant in New Jersey was shut down because of the storm after four of its six coolant pumps stopped working.
Earlier, Sandy claimed more than 60 lives in the Caribbean.
At least 10 people were killed when superstorm Sandy hit New York, city mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
"Tragically we expect that number to go up," Bloomberg warned at a press conference. Authorities had previously said there was one fatality from the storm which hit Monday night.
More than 8.1 million homes and businesses were left without electric power across the eastern United States Tuesday with superstorm Sandy still moving across the region, the US government said.
The most extensive outages were reported in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania where millions were plunged in darkness by the storm, the US Department of Energy said.
US President Barack Obama has cancelled a planned campaign trip to vital swing-state Ohio on Wednesday to stay at the White House to manage the response to superstorm Sandy, his spokesman said.
Obama has effectively frozen the presidential race a week before his clash with Republican nominee Mitt Romney, triggering unprecedented political uncertainty, and headaches for campaigns plotting the election endgame.
New York City's subway service is unlikely to resume for four to five days following monster storm Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg said on Tuesday.
In press conference, the mayor said the city was hoping to resume limited bus service on Tuesday and full bus service on Wednesday.
Voice of Russia, IF, AFP