IdealisticRebel:

Prayers for all the people touched by this super storm.

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Hurricane Sandy New York

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As people across central and eastern Canada hunker down to face powerful winds and a deluge of rain as superstorm Sandy approaches, President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the hard-hit New York and Long Island region.

The declaration makes federal funding available to people in the area. It bore the brunt of the sea surge from a superstorm that hit the East Coast on Monday.

A massive six-alarm fire has destroyed at least 50 homes in the flooded New York neighbourhood of Breezy Point in the borough of Queens, which sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

A fire department spokesman says more than 190 firefighters are at the blaze, where two people have suffered minor injuries.

The neighbourhood had been extensively flooded by Sandy’s record storm surge, and firefighters were hampered in their efforts to bring the blaze under control…

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