The Seaside Heights, New Jersey, borough administrator urges people to stay away from the town because of the damage from Sandy. "I can't stress enough how dangerous the situation is over there. There's pieces of building facades half way on, half way off. There's gas leaks all over...there's no electricity, no water," says John Camera.
Reporter's Note: President Obama and Mitt Romney continue campaigning.
Dear Mr. President,
Happy Halloween! Despite all the difficulties and serious issues facing our nation, particularly in the Northeast, I hope your family has a few moments to mark the holiday. I realize that sometimes little fun things...like Halloween...can seem silly against a backdrop of genuine troubles. And yet I believe simple joys have an important place in such circumstances.
I've seen the value first hand.
Sometimes a little spark of joy comes from a rescue worker who smiles and makes a soft joke with someone who has shed too many tears. Sometimes hope rises from a survivor who pulls a ridiculous hat from the rubble of a home and cracks wise about how "at least we still have this!" Sometimes it is something else...an accidental scrap of celebration over something which, routinely, might not be much noticed...an unscathed photograph, an intact tea pot, or a playful holiday observed in some tiny way.
For all those reasons, I hope our friends in the path left by Sandy find at least a little way to celebrate Halloween...if only as a reminder that the horrors will pass, and better days will follow.
Last night 45 National Guardsmen arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey equipped with 18 vehicles they're using to traverse the flooded streets, rescuing hundreds of people after the effects of Sandy left residents stranded. Anderson Cooper will broadcast AC360° from there at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
We'll also get updates on the urgent situations still unfolding after the storm: Evacuating hundreds of patients from Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the extent of the damage to New York’s subway system and other crucial rail lines in the Northeast. Plus, the latest on the threat of the crane hanging 90 stories above midtown Manhattan. And we’ll take you to Belmar, New Jersey, another hard hit beach town in the state and get the latest developments on the devastation a little farther south in Seaside Heights, New Jersey - one of the places Gov. Chris Christie took President Obama today via helicopter to get a look at what Sandy did to the state. And we'll remember the victims who didn't survive the storm; at least 56 died in the U.S. and 124 worldwide.
Join us tonight for the latest.
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