UPDATE: The bodies of two children who were missing on Staten Island after they were swept from their mother's arms by rushing flood waters Monday were found in a marshy area Thursday, according to the NYPD.
Officials were searching for the boys, identified by the Daily News as Connor Moore, 4, and Brandon Moore, 2, in a marshy area near Father Capodanno Blvd. Wednesday afternoon.
Their mother, Glenda Moore, told police her SUV became submerged in water before she got out of the vehicle with her two small children and tried to make it to higher ground.
A wave crashed into the family, ripping the boys from their mother's grasp. Moore reportedly clung to a tree for her life and was forced spend the rest of the night trapped by the storm on a doorstep.
Hurricane Sandy has claimed at least 37 lives in the New York City area, Mayor Bloomberg said. At least 15 deaths have been reported on Staten Island.