WRAPUP 11-U.S. East Coast reels from massive, deadly storm

Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:53pm EDT
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* New York City, New Jersey especially hard hit

* New York City subway tunnels flooded, homes burn

* More than 8 million in several states without power

* "The devastation is unthinkable," New Jersey governor says

* NY stock market to reopen Wednesday; transportation snarled

By Martinne Geller and Emily Flitter and Dhanya Skariachan

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Millions of people faced epic flooding and lengthy power outages on Tuesday after the massive storm Sandy wreaked havoc in much of the eastern United States with high winds and heavy rains.

The storm killed at least 45 people, including at least 18 in New York City, and insurance companies started to tally billions of dollars in losses.

The storm hit with just a week to go to the Nov. 6 presidential election, disrupting campaigning and early voting and raising questions about whether polling stations in some hard-hit communities would be ready to open by next Tuesday.   Continued...