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Published October 30, 2012, 09:32 PM

The death toll of Sandy continues to rise

East Coast (WDAY TV) -- The death toll from Superstorm Sandy continues to rise. It is now at 50..

East Coast (WDAY TV) -- The death toll from Superstorm Sandy continues to rise. It is now at 50..

More than 8 million people in the East remain without power and it could take days, even weeks, before it is restored.

It's the storm that lived up to the hype. Sandy hit the east coast last night with a vengeance. But in the light of day, we found no state was harder hit than New Jersey.

This is the coastline of New Jersey after it was pounded for hours by strong winds, rain and high surf. Wreckage throughout the state defies description.

Gov. Chris Christie: "The devastation that's happened to New Jersey is beyond what's happened to anyone else."

Several blocks of that iconic Atlantic city boardwalk, a victim of Sandy's fury, its planks ripped up and tossed everywhere.

On Long Beach Island, you can see boats strewn about a marina. From this distance, looking more like a pile of misplaced toys.

In New York, an unprecedented 13-foot storm surge crashed into lower Manhattan, sending a deluge of saltwater into the subway system and inundated tunnels, pushing cars and stacking them up like crates.

Battery tunnel which usually sees around 50 thousand vehicles a day, closed, water nearing the roof. The army corps is pumping it out.

Col. Paul Owen: "We gotta find the right places to put the pumps and we gotta find a place for the water to go."

We are getting our first look inside some of the flooded subway stations. Water needs to be pumped out and the lines inspected before service resumes. It could take many days.

Adding insult to injury in Queens overnight firefighters battled to control a blaze that destroyed dozens of flooded homes.

Call this the other side of Sandy. The cold side. Blizzard warnings in effect in West Virginia as Sandy dumped several feet of snow. Roads closed

because of icy conditions, stranding trucks and cars.

Early estimates put the cost of Sandy between 50 and 60 billion in property damages and lost business.