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Cuomo compares Sandy to Katrina as damage total soars

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005's Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to recover.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005's Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to recover.

The figure includes more than $32 billion for damage and restoration and an additional $9 billion to head off damage in future storms.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has put the preliminary damage estimate in his state at more than $29 billion. He announced Monday that he couldn't abandon the state during its recovery and would seek re-election next year.

All told along the East Coast, most recent estimates indicate damage totaling more than $62 billion from Sandy in late October. More than 100 people died.

Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused some $108 billion in damage along the Gulf Coast.

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