Sandy claims four lives on LI

Waves threaten to spill into the parking lot

Waves threaten to spill into the parking lot of Main Beach in East Hampton from megastorm Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2012) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Four people died on Long Island -- two by falling trees -- in superstorm Sandy, authorities said.

At least 22 people died in New York City because of the onetime hurricane, officials said.

Suffolk County officials late Tuesday afternoon confirmed that a body had been found in the surf in East Hampton. Vanessa Baird-Streeter, spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said she had no further details.


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A New Jersey woman was killed early Tuesday at a darkened Port Jefferson Station intersection -- where Sandy had knocked out traffic and streetlights -- when a Suffolk police car struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger, the agency said.

The collision, at Route 347 and Route 112, left Vishwaja Muppa, 21, of Edison, N.J., dead on the scene.

A 39-year-old Lloyd Harbor man was killed Monday in his driveway about 7:25 p.m., Suffolk County police said.

Police said John Miller, who lived on Oak Hill Road, was preparing to drive his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 5, to a neighbor's house two blocks away when he was killed by a falling tree. The neighbor had a generator and electricity; the Millers did not.

Village police tripped over dead downed electric wires in the dark as they and Suffolk detectives found their way to the Miller house.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Roslyn man was killed Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Engineers Road by a falling tree, Nassau County police said.

Safar Shafinoori, 84, went outside to move his vehicle when he was struck by a tree, police said.

He was pronounced dead shortly after at a nearby hospital, police said.

With Tania Lopez

and Gary Dymski

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