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The rain is on its way out, but it's going to be a chilly night and a brisk Halloween tomorrow. Everyone stay warm and dry and be safe out there.
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Photos: Before and after Sandy
The rides I took my kids on this summer are in the Atlantic Ocean. #Sandy
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012
In a Tuesday evening press conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg provided a status report on recovery efforts and praised the city's resilience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
"I don't think it's any secret, but Sandy hit us very hard; it was a storm of historic intensity. But New Yorkers are resilient and we have seen an enormous outpouring of support from people eager to volunteer, donate and help out.
"We encourage people to register with NYC Service at www.facebook.com/nycservice, and we'll be identifying opportunities for volunteers in the coming days.
"And we've received calls of support from people and leaders all over the world - including from the President and senior members of his staff.
"We have a plan for recovery, and that recovery is already beginning, I'm happy to say. It's the beginning of a process that we all know will take a while, but this is the end of the downside, and hopefully from here it is going up."
In addition to all the physical damage, Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on the upcoming election. Early voting in many states was halted as officials scrambled to provide aid to those impacted by the storm.
So how did elected officials respond?
President Obama canceled a Tuesday campaign trip to Wisconsin to remain in Washington to monitor the storm, and he is headed to New Jersey on Wednesday to survey damage with Gov. Chris Christie (R) and thank first-responders. Christie, who hasn’t been shy about criticizing the president, praised the Obama’s response to the storm.
Read how Christie, New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and other elected officials responded to the storm here.
The Post's Katie Shaver reports: Amtrak said it will provide modified service on the Northeast Regional line between Newark, N.J., and points south on Wednesday, including restoring Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News.
Amtrak will also operate Keystone Service trains between Harrisburg, Penn., and Philadelphia, and modified Downeaster service trains between Boston and Portland, Maine, along with some overnight services to and from the Northeast.
However, due to an "unprecedented" level of water in the railroad tunnels in and around New York, there is no date for restoration of Amtrak service directly into New York's Penn Station, officials said. Amtrak continuing to remove water and making repairs to track, signal and power systems within its tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers.
There will be no Northeast Regional service between Newark and Boston and no Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor on Wednesday. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com/alerts for alerts and passenger notices.
If you're returning to work on Wednesday, be aware that fallen trees along residential streets could force you to take a few detours.
The atmospheric ingredients that turned Hurricane Sandy from a typical late-season hurricane into one of the most devastating weather events in recent history left many metereologists predicting a "perfect storm."
Now, in the storm's aftermath, some are questioning whether global warming was a factor.
For more than a dozen years, climate scientist and Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer and other climate scientists have been warning about the risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York. A 2000 federal report about global warming’s effect on the United States warned specifically of that possibility.
Still, they say it’s unfair to blame climate change for Sandy and the destruction it left behind. They cautioned that they cannot yet conclusively link a single storm to global warming, and any connection is not as clear and simple as environmental activists might contend.
“The ingredients of this storm seem a little bit cooked by climate change, but the overall storm is difficult to attribute to global warming,” Canada’s University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said.
Still, some scientists cite the higher sea level around New York, the temperature of the water and the overall increase in late-season hurricanes in recent years as signs that climate change is contributing to stronger storms.
Read the full story here.
All but one of Montgomery County public schools will open on their regular schedule Wednesday. The remaining school, Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, was without power Tuesday evening.
Prince William officials said that all their schools would be open Wednesday after lights came on at the remaining school without power Tuesday.