At least 50 deaths related to Superstorm Sandy have been reported as of Tuesday night, and more than 8 million customers are without power, ABC News reported.
The storm hit land near Atlantic City, New Jersey Monday night and caused major damage in states like New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
President Obama issued disaster declarations for both New York and New Jersey, which means federal aid will be offered to the affected areas.
According to CNN, recovery efforts are already underway. Two of New York's major airports are set to reopen in limited capacity on Wednesday
Recovery efforts were starting to take hold Tuesday night. The number of electric customers shivering without power fell to just under 6.9 million, down from nearly 8 million reported earlier in the day across 15 states and the District of Columbia. Two of the New York area's major airports, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty, were slated to reopen Wednesday with limited service.
Nonetheless, thousands are displaced and waiting in shelters for news about whether their homes have survived.