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Hurricane death toll stands at 10 in boro

7 die in Rockaways from storm surge

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:30 am

Tony Laino was riding out Hurricane Sandy where most of Queens did outside the evacuation zone — at home.

He died there.

A huge tree crashed into his bedroom at 47-34 166 St. near Kissena Park, killing him. Laino was the first fatality reported in New York City during Sandy.

Across town at roughly the same time, Lauren Abraham, 23, stepped out of her home at 105-05 134 St. in South Richmond Hill to take pictures of the storm. She stepped on a live power line that had been snapped by Sandy's winds and was electrocuted.

They were the first two identified Queens victims of the storm, which police say killed eight more people in the borough.

Six people have been found dead in the Rockaways so far, all of their deaths attributed to the storm.Four of the victims were found in their flooded-out homes.

Rick Gold, 67, and Henry Sullivan, 57, were found in the basements of their homes on Beach 133rd and 136th streets respectively. Police say the victims drowned in the storm surge. On Saturday, 90-year-old George Stathis was found dead in his home at 154 Beach 121 St.The fourth identified victim in the Rockaways, Ed Toussaint, 58, was also found in the basement of his home, at 420 Beach 69 St.

Two other elderly victims, a 72-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman, were also found dead in the Rockaways, but police have not released their names.

On Tuesday night, William McKeon, 78, died at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center more than a week after being found in a basement stairwell at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway covered in sand.

The tenth victim, 85-year-old Rose Faggiano was found dead in her home at 164-25 98 St. in Old Howard Beach. Neighbors said they heard her screaming for help and had tried to save her as the storm surge flooded her home.

At least 41 people have died in New York City due to Sandy, the most in Staten Island..

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  • johannaL posted at 2:41 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

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