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San Diego Red Cross workers aiding relief efforts on East Coast

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two members of the American Red Cross in San Diego were on the East Coast Monday to assist with relief efforts as a powerful storm roared into the northeastern United States.

According to the San Diego chapter's Courtney Pendleton, her colleague Teri Klemchuk was at a shelter at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., to help with the impacts of the former Hurricane Sandy. Another worker was offering assistance in New York.

According to Pendleton, more than 3,200 people spent Sunday night in 112 Red Cross shelters in nine states. The relief organization has sent more than 1,300 disaster workers into the region from all over the country, activated 160 response vehicles and shipped in more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals and snacks, she said.

Sandy, now called a post-tropical cyclone by the National Weather Service, made landfall just after 5 p.m. Pacific Time along the southern coast of New Jersey.

The massive system, combined with a strong winter storm, was threatening to cause massive damage in the region. Most transportation services have been shut down, tens of thousands have evacuated and a reported 3.1 million customers have lost power.

San Diego Gas & Electric was preparing to send 40 workers and equipment back east later this week, the utility announced.

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