WRAPUP 10-US East Coast crippled by massive storm, death toll climbs

Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:27pm 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

* Washington, Philadelphia, Boston spared worst of the storm

By Dhanya Skariachan and Martinne Geller

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages.

The storm killed at least 40 people, including at least 18 in New York City, and insurance companies started to tally billions of dollars in losses.

Sandy, which crashed ashore with hurricane-force winds on Monday near the New Jersey gambling resort of Atlantic City, was the biggest storm to hit the country in generations. It swamped parts of New York's subway system and lower Manhattan's Wall Street district, closing financial markets for a second day.   Continued...