Hurricane Sandy Death Toll Rises As Storm Moves Inland

Hurricane Sandy’s death toll reached 13 confirmed deaths early Tuesday morning as the storm barreled its way inland while soaking the east coast.

The storm made landfall on Monday evening, striking along the mid-Atlantic states and inundating New York and New Jersey with rain and wind. The death toll from Hurricane Sandy reached 13, CNN reported, with an 8-year-old being struck and killed by a falling tree limb in Pennsylvania.

Hurricane Sandy has also caused widespread flooding, with large swaths of Brooklyn underwater as well as Atlantic City in New Jersey where the storm also washed away part of the iconic Boardwalk. By early Tuesday morning, the superstorm had also knocked out power to more than 6.5 million people across 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Deaths caused by Hurricane Sandy occurred over a large area, The Huffington Post noted. One of those killed was a woman in her 50s killed near a Staples store in Toronto as high winds battered Ontario. The woman was walking in the city’s west end when she was struck by a piece of flying debris, CBC reported.

Paramedics tried to revive the woman, but she was declared dead at the scene.

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Officials have not said whether they expect the Hurricane Sandy death toll to rise, but the storm is predicted to lose power as it makes its way inland. The storm is predicted to continue its way through Central Pennsylvania and northward through New York before turning to the east. It is expected to reach Montreal sometime on Thursday and continue through Canada, weakening as it goes.