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Thousands in Boston area still without power as cleanup begins (UPDATED)

While the Boston area dodged the most damaging portions of Sandy, there are still some downed trees and other things to clean up today.

With the sun showing and the wind calming, scores of cleanup crews fanned out across the state Tuesday removing downed trees and trying to restore power to thousands of people still without electricity in Sandy’s wake.

While Sandy’s impact crippled cities in New York and New Jersey, Massachusetts seemed to do well in comparison.

"We feel very fortunate there have been no reports of serious injury, no reports of serious infrastructure damage," Gov. Deval Patrick said during a storm briefing Tuesday morning. "I'm relieved, that's for sure."

As of about 4 p.m., NSTAR reported that more than 1,200 homes and businesses in Boston were still without power. That number was 1,663 in Cambridge and 568 in Somerville. In total, there were about 208,000 homes and businesses without power in the state as of Tuesday afternoon, according to reports from NSTAR and National Grid.

Some people looking to leave the city through the skies were still stranded Tuesday as airlines tried to catch up. At Logan Airport nearly 600 flights were canceled yesterday, but that number was down from nearly 900 on Monday, according to FlightStats.com. As of Tuesday afternoon there were already 42 flights for Wednesday canceled.

Sandy's powerful winds, which peaked with a gust of 62 mph at Logan Monday afternoon, knocked down and uprooted large trees in various parts of the Boston area, but no major damage was reported.

Sandy’s devastating impact on the East Coast has started a discussion about climate change and global warming.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touched on the environmental issue during a briefing Tuesday.

"Anyone who thinks that there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns is denying reality," Cuomo said, according to the New York Times. "We have a new reality, and old infrastructures and old systems."

Congressman Ed Markey, of Malden, called Sandy "the latest example of climate change."

"For this superstorm to occur so late in the storm season, reach such fury, and have the kinds of flooding impacts that we are seeing, is fully consistent with what scientists have told us we should expect due to global warming," he said in a statement.

As people woke up Tuesday morning some were seeing the damage from overnight for the first time and hearing about the significant destruction in other cities like New York City.

As is expected now, people took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the cleanup and the aftermath of Sandy:

[View the story "Reaction to the aftermath of Sandy" on Storify]

 
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