Fierce winds and rain started pelting Newark Sunday and continued into the work week, closing many local businesses, schools and government organizations, and – perhaps most disappointing – canceling the city's annual Halloween Parade. Residents of Newark's low-lying, flood-prone areas were urged to leave their homes Monday before Hurricane Sandy struck. Winds upwards of 50 miles per hour and up to 10 feet of rain were expected to pound the region overnight Monday and into Tuesday, causing major power outages and possible damage to homes. Fortunately, many of those fears were futile: damage to local homes as the result of the storm was minimal, and no city residents lost power for any significant amount of time, city officials said. The major struggle now for residents is going to be raking up all those leaves.
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