Superstorm 'Hurricane Sandy' claims 16 lives in US & Canada

At least 16 people have died in the devastation wreaked by Superstorm Sandy - including two children killed instantly by a falling tree.

The children - named locally as Jack Baumler, 11, and Michael Robson, 13 - were crushed by the toppled tree as they played outside their home in Westchester County, New York state, at 6.45pm on Monday.

Other fatalities include a woman who was electrocuted to death by falling wires on Manhattan’s 134th street and a 29-year-old man who was killed in a car crash in Queens.

A man was crushed by a falling tree in Ulster County, New York State, and one death has been reported in Connecticut and two people were killed when their pick-up was crushed by a falling tree in New Jersey.

Police in Toronto said a woman was killed by a falling sign as high winds closed in on Canada's largest city.

A 30-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on his house on 166th Street in Flushing, New York City.

Meanwhile a 62-year-old man was killed as he let his dog out on his porch in Oley, Pennsylvania.

An eight-year-old boy died when he was crushed by a falling tree in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

And a jogger was reportedly hospitalised after being crushed by a falling tree in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.