The devastation left in Hurricane Sandy’s path has taken its toll, causing 74 deaths in the U.S. and 5.6 million power outages affecting homes and businesses. With twelve people reported dead in Pennsylvania in connection with the storm as of November 1, 2012, it is one of other areas, particularly New York and New Jersey, which have not come out of it unscathed.
News sources report that some of the causes of death associated with Hurricane Sandy include carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generator fumes in separate incidents; an electrical home fire; hypothermia; tree limbs falling; tree falling on top of a home; and other tragedies.
Individuals across Pennsylvania without power went from 1.2 million to 612,000 as of Wednesday night. Efforts are underway to prevent the power outages from standing in the way of the election next week. With about 450 people reported to be in shelters throughout PA on Tuesday and considering the overwhelming losses, we wish everyone courage and strength as they recover and stay safe with their loved ones.