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HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY -

New Jersey National Guard trucks are delivering ready-to-eat meals and evacuating the city of Hoboken.

About half the city remains flooded two days after superstorm Sandy struck. Thousands are still holed up in their brownstones, condos, and other housing.

The mile-square city is across the Hudson River from New York.

The mayor's spokesman, Juan Melli, said Wednesday many people are now asking to be evacuated.

Payloaders have been used to get people out for medical emergencies but Melli says the streets are so narrow they can get stuck.

Melli says the city is asking people with generators and boats to bring them to city hall, which is on dry ground and powered by a backup generator.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Sunday ordered an evacuation of basement and street-level units.

In Mantoloking, fires that destroyed about 14 homes in the New Jersey shore town hit hard by Sandy have rekindled, fueled by natural gas.

Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames reaching over Mantoloking. There's a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it.

An official with the Ocean County Emergency Management Office says authorities believe natural gas lines are fueling the flames. The official says the homes burned down two days ago when Sandy pounded the affluent town.

The official, who would not give his name, says firefighters can't reach the scene because the roads are impassable. The town was under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of the storm.

The fire is in the southern end of the town in the Curtis Point section.

Two more deaths in W.Va. blamed on superstorm

Authorities in northern West Virginia say two more people have died in separate weather-related accidents, bringing to at least three the number of people in the state killed due to superstorm Sandy.

Barbour County Emergency Services Director Cindy Hart says both men were in their 60s and died at their homes Tuesday.

She says one man was clearing tree debris at his home but didn't immediately have other details on his death. Hart says another man died while shoveling snow Tuesday at his home.

Neither of the men's names were released Wednesday morning pending notification of relatives.

The storm also was blamed for the death of a 40-year-old woman whose car collided with a cement truck Monday in neighboring Tucker County.

A state-by-state look at the East Coast superstorm

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 55 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 6.5 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT

Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 475,000, 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. Power outages: 7,400, down from more than 45,000.

ILLINOIS

High waves and flooding are possible on the Lake Michigan shore on Wednesday in Chicago.

KENTUCKY

As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE

Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remain dangerous with high winds. Power outages: More than 16,000, down from more than 90,000.

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: 2. Power outages: About 299,100, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS

Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn't worse. Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 106,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN

Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes is at a standstill because of waves of up to 20 feet. Power outages: 40,600, down from more than 150,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

A construction worker checking on a job site in Lincoln was killed in a landslide. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 81,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY

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: 6. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK

Traffic has choked city streets as residents try to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remains crippled. Security concerns abound at night in areas without power but the city is promising vigilance. Utilities say it could be days before power is fully restored there and on Long Island. Deaths: 29, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 2.04 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA

The search continues off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina are seeing continued snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: Fewer than 400, down from 126,000.

OHIO

High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools are closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie have flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 147,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA

The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 7. Power outages: 850,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND

Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities. Power outages: About 64,000, down from more than 115,000.

TENNESSEE

A route across the Smoky Mountains has closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT

Winds have knocked down trees and power lines, and schools are closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA

Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: about 40,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Federal and local governments have asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems have resumed full service although some bus routes are dealing with detours. Power outages: About 467, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA

Some areas have been buried under more than a foot of snow. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 235,566, down from about 268,000.

WISCONSIN

Dangerously high waves and flooding are expected along Lake Michigan.

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10/31/2012 9:46:52 AM (GMT -4:00)

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