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Superstorm Sandy: Brits Fly Home As New York, New Jersey Assess The Damage

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Britons are heading back across the Atlantic after Superstorm Sandy left many stranded along the East Coast, with flights cancelled, power cuts, roads flooded and transport suspended.

New York's La Guardia is expected to reopen on Thursday, with British Airways flights already landing at Newark Airport and almost all flights scheduled will be running from JFK - but airports warned that many facilities will not be available in airport terminals.

Brits have the option to delay their flights up until 30 November if they had travel planned up until 7 November. Virgin flights are also running as normal.

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Commuters wait in a line to board buses into Manhattan in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

Those who stay will have limited tourist attractions - if you discount the dangling crane on a New York skyscraper, which has become a horrifying tourist site for many, according to CBS News.

The crane, now precariously dangling from 70 stories high, is between West 57th Street and 6th Avenue.

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Lisa Kravchenko, of Staten Island, stands amongst flood debris in her princess Halloween costume

The Statue of Liberty remains closed, but the Empire State Building and most museums, restaurants and shops have reopened.

Getting around is the issue. Most of the New York Subway is still closed although buses are running.

Grim reports have emerged of rats attempting to escape the New York subway as the tunnels are drained.

Many rats are believed to have survived the flooding, as they are good swimmers, according to Scientific American's Bora Zivkovic.
target="_hplink">Cars going in to Manhattan will only be allowed to enter if they carry more than three people.

“I know it is inconvenient for a lot of people but bottom line is the city can only handle so much,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “I suggest picking up people who will be standing by the bridges. You are their solution and you theirs.”

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A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy

Three of the seven subway tunnels that run through the East River and were flooded as Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast had already been pumped out by Wednesday afternoon.

Both presidential candidates resumed cautious campaigning on Thursday, after president Barack Obama stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie as both toured the storm-battered state.

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President Barack Obama, left, embraces Donna Vanzant, right, during a tour of a neighborhood affected by superstorm Sandy

Sandy left more than 70 dead in the US, causing havoc on the east coast and nearly 70 people in the Caribbean.

Obama will head to Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin on Thursday.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney held two rallies in Florida on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported that eight out of 10 voters gave Obama an "excellent" or "good" rating for the way the president has handled the storm and its after-effects.

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