The federal government is shut down in Washington today, something that some might view as a positive from Superstorm Sandy — and she is now called — and the devastation that stretches from North Carolina to the upper reaches of the Northeast.
The storm also brought a halt to much of the campaign hyperbole in the contentious Presidential race as Barack Obama suspended his politicking and headed back to Washington.
Challenger Mitt Romney stayed on the campaign trail but shifted his schedule to avoid the areas ravaged the most by the storm.
The “superstorm” left millions without power, at least 16 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
“This is the mother of all storms,” said one harried fire fighter who answered the phone at a station in lower Manhattan when Capitol Hill Blue called early Tuesday.
In New York City, the subways are closed, many city streets are flooded and the Stock Exchange is closed for the second straight day.
In Washington, officials closed Metro, the area’s subway system and many office buildings and businesses announced closures.
Manhattan is described by officials as a “ghost down.” In Queens, a massive fire destroyed at least 50 flooded homes.
Governors from North Carolina to New York have declared their states disaster areas. President Obama Tuesday declared New York and Long Island federal disaster areas.