Sandy causes destruction up eastern coast

Roller coasters from the Seaside Heights boardwalk are destroyed after Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo)

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 72 people in the U.S. Power outages now stand at more than 5.8 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

NEW JERSEY Trick-or-treating postponed until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 12. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

PENNSYLVANIA The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 11. Power outages: 740,000, down from 1.2 million.

NEW YORK – Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Schools closed all week. Two of three major airports in metropolitan area re-opened with limited flights. Limited commuter rail service resumed and limited subway service is resuming Thursday. Utilities say it could be days before power is fully restored in the city and on Long Island. Deaths: 30, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

CONNECTICUT Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 446,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE – Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Governor lifted state of emergency. Emergency shelters closed. Power outages: 1,700, down from more than 45,000.

MARYLAND – Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 33,600, down from 290,000.

VIRGINIA – Navy sending three Virginia-based ships toward the Northeast in case they’re needed to help with storm response. Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 29,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems resumed full service. The National Mall reopened. Power outages: 70, down from 25,000.