Sandy moves inland after leaving 17 dead

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Vehicles are submerged on 14th street, in New York

Vehicles are submerged on 14th street, in New York (AP photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake.

New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater – 3 feet above the previous record – caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of the city’s subway system. It also forced 200 patients to be evacuated from one hospital.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the massive storm is moving across Pennsylvania and is expected to take a sharp turn into western New York by tomorrow morning.

The Midwest also is bracing for Sandy. Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 miles an hour and waves exceeding 24 feet well into tomorrow.

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