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The Morning Briefing: Hurricane Sandy's damage toll

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

1.) Hurricane Sandy update: At least 72 dead, total damage in the billions of dollars. Death blew in on the superstorm’s wild winds and sea water torrents, claiming 90-year-olds and children with capriciously toppling trees, taking tall-ship adventurers in mountainous Atlantic waves and average folks just trying to deal with a freakish snowstorm.

2.) Storm Sandy's damage will 'take some time' as transit, power hit. The waterlogged Northeast U.S. emerged from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy with renewed stock trading, air travel and pledges by government officials, from the White House on down, to help overcome the devastation from the worst Atlantic storm in the nation's history.

3.) Hurricane Sandy damage: A guide to the aftermath. Hurricane Sandy caused destruction up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina to Maine, with much of the damage centered in New York and New Jersey. The Huffington Post has put together the following map of damage in those states.

4.) Sandy damage estimate at $6B, Cuomo seeks 100% reimbursement from FEMA. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday requested that President Barack Obama provide up to 100 percent reimbursement to New York for the damage from Superstorm Sandy, saying the state may have sustained $6 billion in economic losses.

5.) Sandy damage will keep Outer Banks bridge, highway closed for weeks. The state Department of Transportation restored ferry service Wednesday for Outer Banks residents, but visitors were still barred from Hatteras Island – where it will take weeks to fix a bridge and highway damaged this week by Hurricane Sandy.

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— By on October 31, 2012, 6:04 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure