in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 4 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the federal government will offer as much help as it can to Connecticut homeowners and business owners affected by the Superstorm Sandy. She toured the state's storm-battered shoreline by helicopter Thursday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other government officials. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 270,000, down from a peak of 625,000.
Governor lifts state of emergency and authorizes National Guard to continue cleanup support. Shelters close. Deaths: none. Power outages: 550, down from more than 45,000.
The last remnants of Sandy drop more snow in the mountains on top of a foot that already fell. Deaths: none. Power outages: none.
Amtrak's Downeaster resumes service. Governor sends forest rangers to New York City to help with recovery there. Deaths: none. Power outages: none, down from more than 90,000.
Residents return to polls after storm forced cancellation of early voting for two days. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 22,000, down from 365,700.
Storm shifted a dead whale that had been left to rot on the shoreline to a spot where scientists can now recover the bones before it is buried. Deaths: none. Power outages: 7,200, down from 400,000.
Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes resumes after high waves subside. Deaths: none. Power outages: 5,000, down from 154,000.
Surprise "microburst" from vestiges of storm topples pines onto lake cottages. Trick-or-treating postponed to Sunday. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 2,600, down from 210,000.
Motorists across New Jersey were in long lines at gas stations for a second stressful day on Thursday. Many stations were closed because of a lack of electricity or supplies, or both. At a Gulf station in Newark, a police officer directed traffic as a line of vehicles stretched for about two miles. Deaths: 14. Power outages: 1.6 million, down from 2.7 million.
Police say the bodies of two missing New York City boys have been found. The 2- and 4-year-olds disappeared Monday night when waves crashed into an SUV being driven by their mother in Staten Island. The U.S. Coast Guard opened the Port of New York and New Jersey on a restricted basis to get gasoline and fuel to the areas hit hardest. Deaths: 46, including 39 in New York City. Power outages: 1.51 million, down from 2.2 million.
Sea search continues for the captain of a tall ship that sank. Deaths: 2. Power outages: mostly restored.
Cleanup begins after another day of steady rains and gusty winds that led to flood warnings along Lake Erie. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 89,000, down from more than 250,000.
Utility crews struggle to restore power in state where most damage was driven by wind, not water. Deaths: 12. Power outages: 384,000, down from 1.2 million.
Officials say Federal Emergency Management Agency crews are assessing storm damage in Rhode Island. That's one of the first steps that must occur before the president can declare the state a disaster area, which would allow governments and homeowners to apply for federal assistance. About half of Newport's 3.5-mile Cliff Walk has been closed because of extensive damage. Deaths: none. Power outages: 25,000, down from more than 122,000.
Elizabethton businesses close off a street and cover sidewalks for trick-or-treaters as snow falls in mountainous areas. Deaths: none. Power outages: minimal.
Amtrak works to restore service to the state after tracks were damaged in other areas. Deaths: none. Power outages: mostly restored, down from more than 10,000.
National Guard winds down most recovery operations. U.S. Navy sends three Virginia-based ships toward the Northeast in case they're needed. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 6,100, down from more than 180,000.
Early voting resumes after being shut down for two days, and hours are extended. Federal workers return, National Mall reopens. Deaths: none. Power outages: mostly restored, down from 25,000.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to ask President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration to help residents and businesses in the hardest-hit areas of the state. Some areas have seen nearly 3 feet of snow. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 136,875, down from about 271,000.