Sandy death toll now 55

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Homes surrounded by floodwaters from superstorm Sandy, Fenwick Island, Delaware

Homes surrounded by floodwaters from superstorm Sandy, Fenwick Island, Delaware. (AP photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – The death toll from superstorm Sandy is now at least 55 people along the Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, communities are slowly recovering from the storm.

In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running. Residents noticed an uptick in traffic and people waiting at bus stops.

The Brooklyn Bridge was closed a day earlier because of high winds. But today, joggers and bikers made their way across before sunrise. One cyclist carried a flashlight. Car traffic was brisk but slowed going into Manhattan.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett cited reports that Amtrak and Philadelphia’s mass transit system were slowly coming back.

In Washington, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and National Zoo are reopening after shutting for two days.

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